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Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center opens in Paris

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Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center opens in Paris


Photo: © Dominic Buten/TASS The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center (RSCC) has opened in Paris, reports TASS. The complex of buildings including a five-dome Holy Trinity Cathedral is located on Branli Embankment. The construction took two years. Minister of Culture of the RF Vladimir Medinsky, mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate were the most important guests at the opening ceremony.

President of the RF Vladimir Putin congratulated the participants of the event on the occasion. “The construction of the unique complex proves that Russia and France have strong cultural and humanitarian relations and illustrates the fact that Russian and French people are open for a constructive dialog and cooperation”, the greeting message available on Kremlin website says.

The Russian leader expressed his gratitude to the French authorities and all those who had taken part in that important project. Their help allowed overcoming all the challenges and finishing the work on time.

“The Center opens its doors for everyone who is interested in the history of Russia, its scientific and cultural achievements and wants to learn the Russian language. The Holy Trinity Cathedral will definitely play an important part in spiritual life of our compatriots living in France”, he noted.

An exhibition dealing with the history of relations between Russia and France over the last 200 years was dated to the opening ceremony.

The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center (RSCC) in Paris will enjoy diplomatic immunities as soon as it comes under the charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RF. The Center consists of 4 buildings and covers the area of over 6,000 square meters. It includes the Cultural Center found on Branli embankment, an educational complex in University Street, an administrative building in Rapp Street and the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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