Valius Video used a drone to create this bird’s eye view of the New Jerusalem Monastery (Novoiyerusalimsky), which is not located anywhere near Israel. Strangely enough, it is in metropolitan Moscow, the great Russian capital city. It was originally built in the 17th century on a site which is claimed to be reminiscent of the “real” Jerusalem. The monastery was heavily damaged by invading German troops in late 1941, marking very nearly the furthest advance made by Germany during that campaign before being driven back.
The Novoiyerusalimsky monastery took its name from the concept of New Jerusalem. This site was chosen for its resemblance to the Holy Land. The River Istra represents the Jordan, and the buildings represent the holy places of Jerusalem.
The Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible envisions a city centered on the rebuilt Holy Temple, the Third Temple, to be established in Jerusalem, which would be the capital of the Messianic Kingdom, the meeting place of the twelve tribes of Israel, during the Messianic era.
According to Christian belief, Jesus predicted the destruction of Herod’s Temple, and promised that it will preceded by the Second Coming. This prophecy of the renewal of Jerusalem by the messiah echoes those of the Jewish prophets. Based on the Book of Revelation, the New Jerusalem will be the earthly location where all true believers will spend eternity with God.
The New Jerusalem Monastery – Novoiyerusalimsky was re-established as a religious community only in the 1990s. One of the main buildings within the walled circuit is:
- The Katholikon of the Resurrection (1656–1685) is a huge rotunda patterned after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.