Brief History of the Church
The Chiesa Ortodossa Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo is a beautifully decorated church, which in English is called the Orthodox Church of Saint Peter and Paul. The church was erected in the residential district of the Westend along the western edge of the town. According to history, the church was built in like manner as that of the Byzantine-old Russian Church in Ostankino near Moscow. Interestingly, the funds needed for the construction of the Church was funded among wealthy Serbian and Russian nobility and clientele.
The city of Como has experienced an in flock of Russians, Ukrainians, and Moldovans. These people have needed a place to worship and pray. The Orthodox Church of Saint Peter and Paul was the perfect place to perform this ritual for these people. Most weddings in the city are held in the church. The beauty of the church is far more than words can describe.
The floor of the church has the shape of a Greek cross with five gold-plated cupolas. The walls of the church are perfected with figural murals and numerous ornaments. The interior is conquered by a wooden majolica iconostasis with oil icons of saints. Originally, the iconostasis was in Kuznetsovo. At the opposite Sadova Streets by the staircase is a bronze relief of Peter, which was designed by M. Hailer.
The Common Rituals of the Chiesa Ortodossa Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo
Weddings in orthodox churches are unique and most couples don’t take that for granted. At the Chiesa Ortodossa Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo, the priest performs the common cup ritual where he reads Bible passages with the bride and groom taking three sips of wine from a shared cup. This ritual was founded on the wedding of Cana of Galilee, where Jesus Christ transformed water into wine. It is a ritual, which many couples have undergone during their wedding. The cup is a representation of life and symbolizes the couple’s mutual sharing of sorrow and joy. Drinking from the mutual cup, they are reminded that they have everything in common. The ritual also means the division of sorrow and doubling of their joy in their union.
Not only does the church boast of an excellent tourist spot, the city itself helps in unveiling all the church has. The church doesn’t hold weddings for locals alone but foreigners from far come to have their vows taken in the church.