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Architecture: Russian Orthodox Center in Paris, unlike the temples in Russia

“It is completely untypical for the ROC.”

May 25, Ilya Varlamov published a video from Paris, in which he showed how the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Russian Spiritual and Cultural Center look like outside – part of the Russian embassy. The building is fundamentally different from the traditional Orthodox churches in Russia.

A shot from Varlamov's video
A shot from Varlamov’s video
A shot from Varlamov’s video

The wall of the Orthodox center of Burgundy stone with glass inserts. A shot from Varlamov's video
The wall of the Orthodox center of Burgundy stone with glass inserts. A shot from Varlamov’s video
The Russian Orthodox Church is very conservative. She does not allow any experiments, she is very sensitive to any attempts to interpret biblical events, performances, painting. Everything immediately offends their feelings.

On the other hand, there is a Catholic church. In Catholic countries with a temple architecture, everything is much steeper. The church itself is a monument of modern architecture and reflects modern trends, it is nice to come there.

In my understanding, the church must fight for parishioners, should involve young people in its ranks. And how can you attract young people with such a super-conservative attitude? I believe that the church must keep pace with the times.

Ilya Varlamov
blogger

The Orthodox Center in Paris was officially opened on October 19, 2016 with the participation of the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. The project of the building was designed by the French architect Jean-Michel Vilmott with his office of Wilmotte & Associés.

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