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In the district Volkhovsky, by the flowing of the river Pitba into the river Volkhov, there is a church with a single cupola in a wonderful tiny groove. It is designed in the Old Russian style, similarly to the Novgorod architecture of 14-15th centuries. According to the tablet, the church was consecrated in the honor of St. Nicetas of Novgorod. However, the temple is less than a hundred years old. The church was built by the order of Novgorodsky bishop Arsenius in the territory of summer pontifical suburban grange in the beginning of the 20th century.
The church was founded in the autumn of 1914. And less than in a year, in 19 of July 1915, in the natal day of the St. Seraphim of Sarov, the temple was consecrated by the owner of the pontifical grange, archbishop Arsenius. The archbishop paid all the expenses.
The Moscow iconographers the brothers Chirikov made icons for the church. Originally, the temple had a bell tower with seven bells. The biggest bell was named in the honor of St. Nicetas, the patron of the church. It weighted whole 900 kilograms. A lettering on the bell said this: ‘May the land prosper with thine happiness, Saint Nicetas! This bell was casted during the reign of the Emperor Nicholas II with blessing of the Eminence Arsenius, archbishop of Novgorod and Staraya Russa to the church of Saint Nicetas, bishop of Novgorod, by the village Nikitinskoye during the years of the Great War with the Teutons and the Hagarenes of 1914-1915. Weight: 900 kilos. Valday’
However, soon afterwards, the revolution began. The church was closed in 1920. In 1923, a club was organized in there. The bell tower was demolished. The interior hasn’t survived. But the original appearance of the exterior has remained.
Nowadays, the church is functioning again.
The church is open from Friday to Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Services are held at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.