Temple-monument at the resting place of the residents and defenders of Leningrad who died in the blockade
Before the war, despite atheistic propaganda, cremations were not common in Leningrad, and many people secretly buried their deceased relatives. People who died in the blockade were deprived of a Christian burial. This circumstance in the 1990s, during the revival of church life in the country, contributed to the emergence of an active movement for the creation of a memorial church in the Park.
The construction of the chapel under the project of E. Punko was carried out in 2010, it was consecrated on May 7 of the same year. The chapel was declared as a temporary building, but in reality a capital building was erected in which the church was located. Regular services are held in the church, including memorial services for those who died during the Siege of Leningrad. A four-pointed cross common to all Christian denominations is installed on the building, and not a more traditional version for Russian churches with a lower slanting crossbar, this was done at the request of the abbot, father Alexy, “so that everyone could enter the chapel”.
The dedication of the temple - to all the saints who shone in the Russian land - is deeply symbolic. Firstly, it emphasizes that the temple is dedicated to the memory of the past of Russia, that it is a tombstone to the people lying here. Secondly, the Day of All Saints, who shone in the Russian Land, is often celebrated in June - about the anniversary of the beginning of World War II.