Temple of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God
In his youth, a merchant Vasily Gerasimovich Lapin from Solikamsk traded with distant foreign countries: Great Britain, China, and India. Once, while carrying goods, Lapin’s ship was wrecked in the Pacific Ocean. Lapin was thrown onto a deserted shore along with the shipwreck and the remains of the cargo. Being in a desperate situation, the merchant began to pray to the Most Holy Mother of God for salvation. Lapin made a vow: if he escaped death, he would build a church of the Mother of God. Soon Lapin was picked up by a passing ship.
In 1787, Vasily Gerasimovich was elected as the Mayor of Perm.
At his personal expense, the construction of the Temple of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God began. However, the construction began
to be hampered by the Perm spiritual board. At the personal insistence of the Perm Governor-General Kashkin, Bishop Lavrentiy of Vyatka and of Perm the Great gave a charter to establish a church.
In the early morning of October 3, 1824, leaving Perm, Emperor Alexander I stopped at the Temple of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God. Bishop Dionysius of Perm and Yekaterinburg, who was waiting for the monarch
on the porch of the temple, blessed the Emperor with the Life-Giving Cross
of the Lord on a prosperous journey, sprinkled him with holy water and handed over a prosphora.
In September 1917, the last Head of the Perm Provincial Gendarmerie Department, Lieutenant Colonel Roman Denisovich Demidov, was buried in the Temple
of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God. He came from a famous family of Tula gunsmiths and Urals manufacturers; in addition, he was a relative of the reigning House of Romanov. The cousin of Roman Denisovich, Aurora Pavlovna Demidova, was the wife of Prince Arsen of Yugoslavia, brother of the Serbian king Peter I. And the daughter of the king and Arsen’s niece, Princess Elena, became the wife of a member of the House of Romanov, Prince of Imperial Blood, John Konstantinovich. In 1918, Princess Elena Petrovna would come to Perm under very dramatic circumstances.