Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Construction of the Russian Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Centre in Paris Will Begin in 2012


Vladimir Kozhin, the Managing Director of the RF Presidential Administration, said that the start of the start of construction of the Russian Orthodox cultural and spiritual centre in Paris is imminent. In an interview with Interfax, Kozhin said, “We signed a contract with Bouygues SA to build the facility. Now, we’re working with the drawings. After the New Year, we’ll begin construction work”. The Architectural Group of Manuel Yanovsky (France) and OOO Arkhgrup won the competition to develop the project for the building of the centre. Most of the money for the project will come from the RF government budget, but companies and individuals can contribute to this project as well.

The plot for the centre is ​​4,245 square metres (0.42 hectare, a little over an acre) in size, located on the Quai Branly in the 7ème arrondissement (arrondissement du Palais-Bourbon) of Paris, one of the most prestigious and visited quarters of the capital {it’s near the Eiffel Tower: editor}. The site shall contain an Orthodox church, administrative offices for the diocese, multi-purpose halls, an auditorium, a dormitory for seminarians, and a library. A large garden will take up the central part of the space. The Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Centre in Paris will be a place where the local Russian community can hold meetings and cultural events, where Parisians can learn about Russian spiritual culture, and where Orthodox believers can come for spiritual care.

4 January 2012




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