One of the oldest churches in Yalta with an amazing history. It is still called the Greek and mentioned in the lists of Christian churches in Yalta in 1778.
In ancient times, the Greeks, who lived in the Upper Autko, built a temple here. After the resettlement of Christians in Mariupol, he was abandoned, dilapidated and destroyed. In 1788, returning to their homeland, Greeks devastated the church, it was built at public expense, and consecrated November 30, 1842 in the name of the Great Martyr Theodore Tyrone.
Theodore Tiron - holy warrior, like George and Theodore Stratelates. But in contrast to the experienced soldiers who have reached certain heights in the military career, Theodore was very young, the young soldier Marmaritanskogo Legion. From the Greek word "Tyrone" is translated as "rookie", Theodore father-Xia and grew up near the town of Amaziah. Since childhood he had the faith of Christ. It was a difficult time for Christians. Church gradually gaining ground, Christians became more and more people occupying different positions in society - from slaves to government officials. But paganism was supported by the emperors and remained the only state religion of the Roman Empire. The son of Emperor Maximilian, ruler of Asia Minor, ordered to restore the ancient pagan temples and offer sacrifices to various gods. soldier
Theodore could not obey this order: his soul was unable to bring the Christian faith and the commandments of God. He led the revolt among the soldiers-Christians. Together, they set fire to the temple of Cybele, the mother of the gods. Theodore seized as the instigator, brutally tortured and forcing recant once they accepted God, but the youth remained adamant. Then the emperor Maximian ordered the execution of Theodore of Tyrone, and burned at the stake supposedly in 306. Himself emperor was soon defeated by the Christian emperor Constantine, had fled to Tarsus in 319, the recognized equality of the two religions: Christianity and paganism. Theodore Tiron canonized, he was particularly revered by the Christian Church for the execution of the words of the Savior: "Not on bread alone shall live person, but about every verb that comes every mouth of God." Saint Theodore received the grace to strengthen to endure fasting and protect from desecration through food. He was revered in many Christian countries, erected in honor of the martyr shrines. Here and in the Crimean land Greatmartyr Theodor Tiron dedicated several temples.
By the end of XIX century wooden church became too small for the increasing population Autko. In 1898 the old church was dismantled and laid a new one. Active participation in the construction of the temple took Chekhov (the church is located next to the house of the writer), he personally negotiated with the Archbishop Dimitry.
Church in the Byzantine style seemingly very simple, but beautiful, built with love, he drew attention to the proportionality forms. Above the dome is installed Orthodox cross.
the summer of 2002 in the temple of the Holy Great Tyrone real miracle happened. In early summer, the temple was decorated with flowers of lilies, which are said to preach Christ: "And you anxious about clothing? Lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of them "(Matthew 6,28-29). Time passed, and the flowers wither. But what was the astonishment of all, when the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is one of the dry branches blossomed.