7 Antarctica churches
Now, even in Antarctica can be found churches and temples. Brave the icy continent researchers also need the support from above, perhaps even more than others. This review presents the most southerly places of worship in the world.
Chapel of the Snows
Non-Denominational Christian Chapel, one of the southern temples in the world. It is the responsibility of the US Antarctic McMurdo Station, located on Ross Island. Despite the location, it has twice been destroyed by fire.
In winter, church visits 200 parishioners and the parish grows to 1,000 people during the summer.
Chapel of the Snows is trying to meet the needs of adherents of any religion. Rev. Michael Smith spent even Buddhist and Bahai ceremony.
Holy Trinity Church
There are in Antarctica and the Orthodox church - Russian orthodox church on the island of Waterloo near the Russian polar station Bellingshausen. The temple was built in Russia, having stood there for a year and then was dismantled and transported to the Antarctic. At the site of the temple reassembled for 2 months.
The temple can accommodate up to 30 people at the same time, there even performed the wedding ceremony. Rector replaced every year, along with other researchers.
Catholic Chapel in an ice cave in Belgrano station II
The southernmost church in the world is located in an ice cave at the Argentine polar Un Belgrano II. Day and night are interspersed with intervals of 4 months, and it is possible to observe aurora australis in the night sky.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Research station Esperanca, where is the church of St. Francis, Argentines consider it their most southern city, although more than a small village it does not pull. This is one of the thirteen Argentine settlement on the continent.
In addition to the church, there is still a constant school, a museum, a bar and a hospital maternity ward, where even the few Argentines were born.
The Chapel of St. Ivan of Rila on Livingston Island
Orthodox church built at the Bulgarian polar station, founded by four researchers in 1988.
Despite the austerity, even here there is a real bell, donated by former Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, who once worked at the station doctor.
The Chilean chapel of Santa Maria Reina de la Paz
Perhaps this is the only church in the world, built out of shipping containers. Located in the largest settlement in Antarctica grazhdaskom, Villa las Estrellas. Here year-round family live Chilean military base of employees to which the settlement relates. The winter there are 80 people in the summer - 120. Even in the village has a school, a hostel, a post office and a bank.
The Chapel of Our Lady of Lujan
The chapel is located on another Argentine Antarctic station Marambio. During the construction, there was the first airfield in Antarctica, and still it is used very often. Due to this, the station is called "the gateway to Antarctica".
Another church that deserves attention, but it is located not in the Antarctica, and nearby, the Southern Arctic Circle.
This Norwegian Lutheran Church was built in the whaling village of Grytviken, South Georgia, in 1913.
The church built themselves sailors, and it is the only building in the village, which is used for its original purpose. She whaling station was abandoned in 1966.
During the "heyday" station lived and worked here up to 300 people at a time. Abandoned cinema:
whale population around South Georgia constantly declining, as long as the station has not been closed. To this day, in the vicinity of the village can be found animal bones, rusted remains of ships and plants for the processing of whale oil.