The Russian Orthodox spiritual-cultural center in Paris

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 Church of the Three Hierarchs on the street Hinges in Paris, which is the Cathedral Church of the Korsun diocese that unites parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in France, is too small and can not accommodate everyone, especially in a momentous day for the Orthodox event.

Having received agreement in principle, Russia in 2010 was acquired for the construction of the Orthodox center of the plot with an area of 4,245 square meters, located on the Quai Branly in the seventh arrondissement of the French capital, one of the most prestigious and most visited areas of the city.

Earlier this area was the location of the national weather service Meteo France, which moved to another location. In the announced tender for vacant plot of land was attended by many countries including China, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation. The tender was won by Russia.

Building plot was purchased from the French state administration of the Russian President, which was authorized as a technical operator and Manager of the project of the Russian Orthodox spiritual-cultural center.

In March 2011 took place the international competition of projects on which concept won the Spanish master Manuel Nunez-Yanovsky, developed together with the Russian creative Association “Arch group”. Later won the project faced a number of difficulties associated with its technical feasibility, and also to the negative opinions of the French services responsible for the protection of cultural heritage.

So for the project was chosen by the French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who the competition took second place. Developed architectural design fully meet the requirements of French legislation and planning norms.

The project involved the construction of four objects: Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, a Russian-French elementary school, the exhibition centre and the building of the diocesan administration with the concert hall and living quarters for priests and staff of the cultural section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

The total area of buildings — 4.6 thousand square meters. The buildings are made of the most characteristic of Paris, the material is the same stone of which the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Center height — 18 metres, lower neighbouring buildings. The height of the temple is 35 meters.

According to the mayor of the seventh arrondissement of Paris rasida Dati, a project of the Orthodox center has combined modernity and historical tradition, but the architectural image of the building of the temple is a symbol of openness. Dati also noted that it was very difficult to fit the new building into the landscape, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage site.

Final approval for the construction of the center of Russia received at the end of December 2013. In January 2014, the Russian side and the French company Bouygues has signed an agreement to start construction work that began after the demolition of the site buildings Meteo France.

The ceremony of laying the first stone at the construction site of a Russian Orthodox spiritual and cultural center was held in Paris in April 2015.

The main dome of the temple was installed in March 2016, and in August work was completed on installation of the four other Golden domes.
The dome, the height of which is equal to the height of the four houses were created in the town of van in Brittany at the company Multiplast, which is engaged in the production of composite materials. The production of five domes was completed in nine months. On the cover left 90 thousand leaves of gold leaf size eight by eight centimetres.

Crosses on the domes were engineered and designed in Moscow and manufactured in the Urals, in the Chelyabinsk region.

Building a Russian Orthodox spiritual and cultural center in Paris is part of the Embassy of Russia in France.

It is created as a meeting place and cultural events for the Russian community and for introducing Parisians with the Russian spiritual culture and needs of Orthodox believers.

The material is based on information RIA Novosti and open source