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A bike ride that was useful in all senses took place on August 14 in Moscow. First, its participants got acquainted with the history of the missing majestic temples of the capital, but most importantly, they supported special children from the Saint Sophia Social House.
The charity bike ride along the author’s route “In the footsteps of the missing temples” is already the second bike ride as part of the “Blagovel” charity event, organized by Dmitry Spivakovsky and Love Kutsenko.
Dmitriy and Lyubov are amazing, bright and talented guys who really like to ride bicycles in their free time.
– A bicycle is a special speed of movement around the city, a special pleasure, – admitted Lyuba.
Gradually, riding a tandem around Moscow, Dima and Lyuba realized how many beautiful, unexplored places there are around; how many interesting things the beloved city hides. Then they had the idea to create their own cycling club to go cycling together with like-minded people.
The guys made a set of “smart routes” with beautiful embankments, secret atmospheric patios, contrasting streets and historical information along the way. At the same time, each route is built in such a way that participants never return the same way and can see as many objects as possible.
Thus Velocloob was born. Over time, new people began to join him: mainly those who once rode a bicycle a long time ago and wanted to join this useful and interesting business again.
– At some point, we realized that the cycling club could be something baboutand we had the idea to organize a charity drive in support of the Saint Sophia Social House. We called this action “Blagovel”, – said Zmitser and Lyubov.
Dmitser had the idea to ride a bike along the tracks of the missing temples long ago.
– This story for me began with the most famous demolished temple – the Church of the Assumption on Pokrovka. His story shook me. What struck me the most was that the wall from the bell tower was preserved. I already had the idea of an excursion: to collect places where at least something remained, – Zmitser shared.
As a result of careful collection and processing of information about the demolished churches of Moscow, a unique bicycle route was born, which Dima and Lyuba decided to dedicate to the House.
The length of the route was 20 km, on the way the participants made six stops in places where majestic temples once stood.
They touched the preserved walls of the house church. Nicholas the Wonderworker at the former institutions of the Society of Merchant Preachers and the Church in the Name of the Icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All the Wretched” at the charitable institutions of the brothers Lyapinykh on Veliky Serpukhavska Street, the Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin on Apukhtinka and the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Pavlo in Milutinsky Lane.
In addition, the participants of the bike ride saw the remains of the foundation of the temple of Nicholas the Wonderworker in Stoupy in Armenian Lane, visited the memorial square built on the site of the destroyed church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin on Pokrovka and, of course, heard many exciting stories.
And also – they were able to support a good initiative and help children with severe multiple developmental disorders.
The Saint Sophia Social House or simply the House is a unique project of the “Mercy” aid service. This is the first and only non-state small family-type home in Russia for the cohabitation of orphans and adult pupils with multiple developmental disabilities.