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Patriarch Kirill Blesses New Russian Orthodox Church in Central Paris

© Sputnik / Irina Kalashnikova / Go to the photo bankPatriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during a matins of an all-night vigil in the Russian Orthodox Church of the Three Hierarchs in Paris, held as part of his visit to France
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during a matins of an all-night vigil in the Russian Orthodox Church of the Three Hierarchs in Paris, held as part of his visit to France - Sputnik International
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The Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, blessed a new church the Trinity Cathedral in the heart of Paris on the banks of the Seine River, just yards away from France’s landmark Eiffel Tour.

PARIS (Sputnik) — The Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, blessed a new church in the heart of Paris during its first divine liturgy on Sunday.

The Trinity Cathedral is part of a Russian cultural complex on the banks of the Seine River, just yards away from France’s landmark Eiffel Tour.

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Around 500 Russian community members thronged the church for the prayer service led by the patriarch, including the offspring of Russia’s former princely houses.

The Russian government bought the plot of land for the cultural center six years ago. Construction works started in April 2015 and the church opened in October of this year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was expected to attend the opening ceremony together with French President Francois Hollande, but the state visit was cancelled after the French leader changed the agenda of bilateral talks.

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