State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»
29 September 2017

A prayer service was held on the Holy Hill of Russian Glory in Izborsk on September 27, 2017, on the day of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

The Memorial Cross was mounted on the Hill of Glory and consecrated 10 years ago on September 27, 2007 on the initiative of social movement Pereprava, headed by Alexander Notin.  Alexander Prokhanov, a writer and a publicist, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zavtra was the idea initiator and Pskov architect Yuriy Shiryaev was the author of the design project.

The idea to create the Hill of Russian Glory received support of the Russian Orthodox Church: the ceremony of consecration was conducted by Metropolitan of Pskov and Velikiye Luki Evseviy.  

Huge granite boulders from the vicinities of Izborsk were used to form the foundation of the Cross.  

The granite slabs on the Hill bear the inscription: “The Holy Hill of Russian Glory is the symbol of unity of the history of our Motherland. It is formed of handfuls of earth from the places in Russia glorified by heroic deeds of people whose names are written in golden letters in the Chronicle of Russian State.”  

The Hill was formed with handfuls of earth from over 90 places important for the history and culture of Russia: from Alexander Nevskiy Monastery in St. Petersburg, from the Kulikovo Field, from the grave of Alexander Pushkin, from the memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad, from the monument to Pskov paratroopers. Sacred objects brought from outside of Russia also became part of the Hill: a capsule with holy oil from The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a little piece of the Oak of Mamre, earth from the bank of the Jordan River, stones from the Holy Land.