Patriarch Kirill consecrated the Trinity Cathedral in Paris

Патриарх Кирилл освятил Троицкий собор в Париже

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill consecrated the new Cathedral Trinity Cathedral in Paris, on the territory of the Russian Orthodox spiritual and cultural center on the Quai Branly, and led the first divine Liturgy.

The historic Liturgy in the new Church were about five hundred people. Among the honored guests, according to the press Secretary of the Patriarch priest of Alexander Volkov — the head of Fund socially-cultural initiatives Svetlana Medvedeva, Manager of the President Alexander Kolpakov, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew Foundation and World public forum “Dialogue of civilizations”, the ex-President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin. In addition, in the service of the representatives of the famous names of the Russian emigration: Prince Alexander troubetzkoy, Prince Dmitry Shakhovskoy, count Pyotr Sheremetev, count Sergei singed. Also in the temple, you can see popular Russian singer Mireille Mathieu and model Natalia Vodianova.

The question about the possibility of creating an Orthodox center in Paris raised Patriarch Alexy II, who visited France in October 2007. The old St. Nicholas Church on the street of the Loops is too small and can not accommodate all the parishioners, especially in a momentous day for the Orthodox event.

Land for spiritual and cultural centre with a new temple on the banks of the Seine, near the Eiffel tower, the office of the President of Russia was acquired in March 2010. In April 2015, a solemn laying of the first stone of the future center, and on 19 October of 2016 he’s already opened: the opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky and the head of the Moscow Patriarchate on foreign institutions Bishop Bogorodskiy Anthony. It was expected that the present center will be the presidents of France and Russia Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin, but the Russian leader’s visit to Paris was cancelled.

The opening of the Russian spiritual cultural center in Paris