The capital of the state of Paraná, Curitiba, is one of the countless cities in which the Universal Church works to bring a word of faith and salvation to the suffering. In late 1980, the Church inaugurated its first temple in the city, on Doctor Muricy Street in the center of the capital. Since then, the Universal Church has grown, and the work has not stopped. The construction of the new cathedral is proof of this. The large and modern structure is scheduled to open in December of this year. The construction began in September 2014, on one of the main streets in the city, President Getúlio Vargas, in the Rebouças neighborhood, central region of Curitiba.
The benefits provided by the project go far beyond the offered beauty and comfort. An example of this is that the construction, from its beginning, has generated many jobs. Altogether, 905 workers were directly involved in the construction, in addition to another 6,000 that were indirectly involved.
Now, with the completion of the construction, it is estimated that approximately 135 employees will be hired for the diverse sectors: TV, radio, security, cleaning, and maintenance, among others.
The Temple also meets sustainability requirements. The site has two large retractable partitions, which separate the chairs into three sections so that light and air conditioning expenses can be reduced.
At the back of the altar, there will be a smaller replica of the Ark of the Covenant, like the one in the Temple of Solomon. It will be installed near the baptistery. Solar panels were installed for climate control, which will also reuse the hot water from the air-conditioning system and the gas installation.
It is also in our plan to reuse rainwater to irrigate the gardens and supply the public bathrooms, which will generate savings and benefit the environment.
The Universal Church also made sure to strictly follow the laws, regulations and administrative requirements demanded by the municipality of Curitiba to meet the compensation needed for local environmental interventions. Among them are the execution and completion of restoring the Ryu Mizun and Professor Hildegard Schmah squares, and Martin Luthero Forest. These transformations will make the area even more beautiful and developed, in addition to raising the value per square foot of the neighborhood, which was considered a dangerous area due to high burglary rates.
In the early 1970s, the Rebouças neighborhood was considered an industrial area because of the expressive number of factories. After many of them closed down, this reality changed. This is what we’re told by merchant José Amaral, 63, who has a newsstand and candy store here for 25 years. “When the factories closed, sales fell tremendously. This area became abandoned and dangerous. I’ve been mugged several times. We hope that after the inauguration of the Church things will change, because there’ll be more people circulating. The neighborhood will be safer. I’m waiting for the inauguration to expand my business. All the properties have been rented and purchased by merchants that foresee the flow from here on out. In my eyes, this construction brought life to the neighborhood and benefits for everyone.”
Roberto Damasceno, engineer-coordinator, spoke about the impact of the construction. “Due to its grandeur and its architecture, the construction revitalized this area. We chose this location because it’s close to the old cathedral. Besides, this is the only area able to support the project we had in mind.”
For builder Flávio Rogério Pereira, 32, who has worked in this profession for 13 years, it is a privilege to be part of this construction. “I’ve assembled armchairs for several cathedrals. This one is completely different from all the others I’ve been to. The structure is impeccable,” he says.
Bishop Sidnei Marques, who came to know the work of the UCKG while his youth in Curitiba and had his life transformed by faith, is now responsible for the work in the State of Paraná. He affirms the importance of this work for the local population. “The structure of this Temple in Curitiba is great and magnificent, and it attracts the attention of everyone that passes by. I’m certain that great and extraordinary things will happen in the lives of all who enter through these doors. Thousands of souls will be saved.”
Structure in numbers
Price of the construction: R$470 million
Height: 35 meters, equivalent to a nine-story building
Area of building: 41,407 m²
Area of land: 16,318 m²
Professionals: almost 7 thousand people directly and indirectly involved
People: it is estimated that 140 thousand people will visit the Temple
Capacity: 5,200 seats
TV: two studios
Radio: four studios
Parking: 650 parking spaces
Bathroom: 70 stalls
Children’s Bible School: there are 16 rooms that can accommodate 25 children per room, including a nursery
In addition to the Temple, an extra wing is being built to accommodate the Universal Church’s social projects and meeting rooms. And another parking annex for 200 cars.
By Maiara Maximo