March 28, 2019 visit of the participants of the international project «Holy Russia Pearl Necklace» in the city of Vitebsk.
The Trip was led by the project Manager, head Of the Department of the Smolensk diocese for relations between the Church and society and the media, rector of the Parish of the Church of the Holy new Martyrs and Confessors of The Russian Archpriest Valery Ryabokon. The participants of the trip were 13 students from all universities involved in the project, project curator, Deputy head Of the Department of the diocese of Smolensk on the relationship of the Church with society and the media Maria Zhukova, cameraman Denis Artemenko.
Vitebsk diocese, the Main Department of ideological work, culture and youth Affairs of Vitebsk oblast Executive Committee, Vitebsk Orthodox Theological Seminary were Partners in the organization of the trip. The partners of the project finalized the draft program of visiting Vitebsk, prepared by students of Smolensk state medical University (profile curator - Anna Nikolaevna Alferova), organized a sightseeing tour of the city, excursions to the temples of the Vitebsk diocese and the Vitebsk Orthodox theological Seminary, as well as a very unusual and exciting excursion to the Museum of the Vitebsk tram. During the visit to the city, the group was accompanied by the head of the Youth Department of the Vitebsk diocese Archpriest Alexander Kovalev and chief specialist of the Department for youth Affairs, religions and nationalities of the Main Department of ideological work, culture and youth Affairs of the Vitebsk oblast Executive Committee Fadeenkov Sergey Nikolaevich.
The Participants of the trip visited more than 20 cultural and historical sites of Vitebsk, including 6 Orthodox churches: the Holy Dormition Cathedral, the Church of the Annunciation, the Holy virgin, the Holy protection Cathedral, the Church of St. blessed Matrona of Moscow, the Church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana, the Holy Spirit Church.
During the trip, the students worked on the creation of a tourist case of the city: worked out the previously compiled descriptions of objects and took their photos, took part in the filming of the presentation video of Vitebsk, outlined a walking route around the city, which will be tested during the pilot tour of the cities of the "Pearl necklace".
The results of the trip will be announced on April 2, 2019 at the General meeting of the project participants.