Patriarch Kirill will consecrate the Cathedral Trinity Cathedral in Paris

Патриарх Кирилл освятит кафедральный Троицкий собор в Париже

Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will consecrate on Sunday the new Cathedral Trinity Cathedral in Paris — on the territory of the Russian Orthodox spiritual-cultural center in the prestigious 7th arrondissement of the French capital, on the Quai Branly.

“The consecration of Trinity Cathedral will become a landmark event both for the Orthodox presence in France and humanitarian relations between the Russian and French peoples,” — said the press Secretary of the Patriarch, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

The question about the possibility of creating an Orthodox center in Paris raised the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II during his visit to France in October 2007, as 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 center with a new large (500 people) temple on the banks of the Seine on the Quai Branly, near the Eiffel tower was acquired by the office of the President of the Russian Federation 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.

According to Volkov, the cooperation between Russia and France in the spiritual and cultural spheres is deeply rooted, and the construction of Orthodox spiritual and cultural complex in the center of Paris, the “heart” which will be the Trinity Cathedral, there is “a striking confirmation of the centuries-old ties that exist between our peoples, and the role of the Russian community in the history of France, which is difficult to overestimate”.

In a spiritual and educational centre a Centre of Russian language from the Pushkin Institute, offering language courses, programs of artistic and aesthetic education for children and educational programs for adults. In General, the complex with a total area of over 4 thousand square meters consists of four buildings: the Trinity Cathedral, the exhibition centre, the Russian-French school and diocesan administration building with a concert hall and the living quarters. The centre has diplomatic immunity.

Trinity Cathedral is the spiritual and architectural dominant of the Russian Orthodox spiritual-cultural center. Architect pentagonal temple — Frenchman Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The capacity of the Church is 500 people. Center height is 18 meters, the temple is 35 meters. The Foundation is supported by more than 40 concrete piles driven to great depths. The interior of the Church according to the creators should include the iconostasis of Italian Carrara marble, mosaics and frescoes.

Today, parishes and monasteries of the Russian Orthodox Church on the territory of France, but also Spain, Portugal and Switzerland brings together the Korsun diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. Korsunsky diocese was named in honor of the city of Korsun — so in Ancient Russia was called the Chersonesus Taurica in Crimea, where according to legend, converted to Christianity St. Vladimir, who baptized the Rus.

Patriarch Kirill in the course of his primatial visit to the diocese of Korsun 3-7 December visit not only Paris, but also Zurich (Switzerland), where he will head the Church festivities on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Church of the Resurrection.

The opening of the Russian spiritual cultural center in Paris