The House of Clergy in historical and architectural ensemble "Rogozhskaya Sloboda"
"Rogozhskaya Sloboda" is a complex of buildings of Rogozh Old Believer community in Moscow. It includes 12 historical and cultural monuments. The House of Clergy is the residence of Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Old Believers' Church, the Hall of Assemblies and different worships of Rogozh Community and metropolia, museum hall, classrooms of Sunday school.
"Rogozhskaya Sloboda" became Old Believer settlement at the end of XVIII century. Catherine the Great granted to old believers 20 ha of land in gratitude for their help during the plague, and then it grew to the settlement, which became the centre of Old Belief of Russia. Old Believers tried to attach splendid ornamentation to their temples; they purchased rare antique icons and books.
After the revolution the "Golden age" of Old Belief came to an end: the lands were cut, the temples were closed. During Soviet period "Rogozhskaya Sloboda" ensemble was practically damaged, more that 80% of its territory were used for administrative buildings. In 1993 little by little the land and buildings were given back to the Old Believer’s Church, and restoration of Rogozhskaya Sloboda began in 2008.
According to Eugene Royev, the Deputy Head of Old Believer’s Church Moscow metropolia Restoration Department, the buildings were in poor condition and required major repairs, and the House of Clergy was in a ruined state.
"Yantarnaya Pryad – Parquet" Group took part in restoration works: production and laying of the parquet flooring designed by an architect in several rooms of the House of Clergy (the Hall of Assemblies, Metropolitan office, Metropolitan Council).