The German Kirche is the only Lutheran temple in Tashkent

On the street Sadyka Azimov, house 37, for more than a hundred years in the dense green shadow of century-old trees stands the Gothic building of the German Kirch.The German church or Evangelichesko-Lutheran church is the only Lutheran temple in Tashkent. It was built by the Tashkent Lutheran community according to the project of the famous Tashkent architect and artist of the XIX century A.L. Benois in the year 1899. Like the rest of the buildings in colonial Turkestan, the temple was erected from brown-yellow brick with an outline in the spirit of Baltic church architecture: the style of its construction refers to the Neo-Gothic architecture.During the Soviet era, the building of the church suffered the fate of all church buildings: for a long time it served as a warehouse, and in the late 70s of the XX century the building was transferred to the Tashkent Conservatory and after restoration became a room for the opera studio of the Conservatory.At that time the organ was installed in the church building, organ music concerts were regularly held. In the 90s of the XX century the building was transferred to the newly created Lutheran community of the city. The history of the Lutheran community in Tashkent totals 125 years, during which it experienced both growth and decline. Today the Tashkent Lutheran community has more than 200 parishioners, and about a hundred parishioners in Fergana.The parishioners of the church are mostly Tashkent Germans. In pre-revolutionary times, there were quite a lot of them in Tashkent. Most of them were officers. They came here in the XIX century, being on the royal service. Today the church, the service in which is conducted to this day, is visited by their descendants, as well as foreign visitors.The worship in the Lutheran church is based on the traditions of the Catholic Mass, but more simplistic. The main service in the Lutheran church is performed in German and Russian on Sundays. The pastor of the church, who is elected by the flock among the faithful, conducts the service and does not pass through the initiation rite, as, for example, among the Catholics. During the Mass, clergymen dress in liturgical vestments. The main part of the Lutheran mass is the liturgy of the faithful (anaphora). During the service, the psalms are sung in German, organ music sounds.The interior of the church is more modest than the Catholic church. Since Lutherans do not worship relics and icons, but revere them, there is a limited number of images of Christ and the apostles in the church. The central place in the Lutheran church, as well as in the Catholic church, is the altar. Also in the Lutheran churches there are such traditional attributes as: crucifixion, sacred fire (lamp) and candles.