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At some point, perhaps in the 1890s when Kiryanov was somewhere in his thirties, he got the idea that he should construct a church himself.
He indeed started a building project and with the cooperation of some fellow villagers, a church and a chapel were built.
And it didn't stop there. Kiryanov also started making sculptures to decorate the buildings, All together he created about 500 sculptures..
The larger wooden sculptures of the Christ, saints, angels and so on were arranged in the church and the walls and ceiling of the chapel were decorated with smaller creations, such as cherubs, as in the image below
photo by: Roman Ziyukov