During the planning of new territories in Kazan, spaces for churches and mosques will be allocated. This was announced by the chief architect of the city, Ilsiyar Tukhvatullina, during an urban planning conference held on Friday at the National Library of Tatarstan.
"When developing new urban planning projects, it is necessary to designate places for various religious buildings. In the existing environment, it is more difficult, but fundamental points can be indicated for the future," noted the architect.
According to Aivar Sattarov, co-author of the Kul Sharif Mosque, in Kazan, there is no suitable space for placing temples, so they have to be located in swamps, parks, and wastelands, which subsequently leads to dissatisfaction among local residents.
Representatives of the Church also participated in the discussion on the design of temples: the director of the museum of the Kazan Diocese, Hieromonk Arkady (Loginov), and the vice-rector for educational work of the Kazan Theological Seminary, Archpriest Vladimir Ponomarev. This was reported by the press service of the Kazan Diocese.
In his speech, Father Arkady drew attention to one of the functions of a religious building - the sacralization of space.
"Temples have always acted as dominants in the urban environment. During the Soviet period, existing temples were destroyed, and today their place is taken by other buildings. The allocation of plots for the construction of new temples often occurs on a residual principle. It is necessary to change approaches and, when forming prospective plans for urban development, allocate space for temples and temple complexes, taking into account their religious, cultural, and social significance," emphasized the priest.
As a result of the conference, it was decided to expand the working group responsible for planning new districts. Specialists in the construction of churches and mosques will join this group.