On April 9, 2021, Ruslan Bolotov, Mayor of Irkutsk in SE Siberia, met with representatives of religious faiths. Rev. Albert Mazurenko (3rd left in photo), senior pastor of St. Mary’s Lutheran Congregation of Irkutsk, attended the meeting.
Talking to the mayor, the religious ministers proposed to continue the redevelopment of the city’s landmark Ierusalimskaya gora, The Jerusalem Hill, a historical and memorial complex. The area was a cemetery closed in 1929 and later partially converted into a recreation park. After the redevelopment started in 2017, a Russian Orthodox chapel and a Jewish stele were erected in memory of the deceased buried in the respective parts of the former cemetery. Three more commemorative monuments to Muslims, Lutherans, and Roman Catholics will be built there according to plan.
The participants of the meeting with the mayor proposed holding a Night of Temples event as is already done in other cities, similarly to the Night of Museums, where, in addition to tours, people could meet with religious ministers and leaders. Also, the city mayor pointed out that he would task the developers of a touristic route in Irkutsk to include architectural heritage, public territories, and religious institutions in the itinerary.