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Russian Man Builds Church of Snow for Village Without Chapel

The project took nearly two months

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    Russian Man Builds Church of Snow for Village Without Chapel
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    A man in Russia spent nearly two months building a chapel out of snow for a town without a church.

    A village in Siberia that did not have a church until this winter is getting a lesson in faith and life's ephemeral nature.

    Sosnovka resident Alexander Batyokhtin spent nearly two months building a village church entirely out of snow. The structure will vanish with the season.

    Batyokhtin worked on the chapel every day, even when temperatures plunged below minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit.) He used 12 cubic metres (424 cubic feet) of snow to make it.

    Batyokhtin says the work wasn't difficult. His biggest challenges were fashioning the altar and a cross for the roof.

    "The main thing is to say a prayer and keep a fast for some time, then just go and do it," he says.

    Sosnovka administrator Yuriy Kirsh says the church "means a lot to our hearts and souls" despite being temporary.