The Chapel of St. Nicholas was built in Novosibirsk through the people's donations in 1914. The temple was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, one of the most popular saints in Russia, the patron saint of Emperor Nicholas II, after whom the city of Novosibirsk was originally named Novonikolayevsk. The original church in the style of the Novgorod architects was demolished in 1930.
The reconstructed Chapel of St. Nicholas appeared in 1993, in the heart of the busy Krasny Prospekt (Red Avenue). Inside it there is an icon of St. Nicholas given by Patriarch Alexy II. The chapel is unofficially said to mark the center of Russia, although this was true only in the Empire era. Nowadays, the Vivi lakeside in the Krasnoyarsk Territory is recognized as the geographical center.