Monday, June 6, 2011

First Russian Church Is Built in Arabian Peninsula; Orthodox Compound Houses Cultural, Ed Center

The Interfax-Religion website reports today (June 6, 2011) that the domes of the Russian Orthodox Church of Philip the Apostle in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, have been crowned with golden crosses.

It is the only Russian church to have been built in the United Arab Emirates and in the whole of the Arabian Peninsula, and the only one to have been crowned with golden crosses, the Moscow Patriarchate said on its website.

The crosses were sanctified by the senior priest of the Russian Orthodox parish, Father Alexander Zarkeshev.

The Orthodox church compound encompasses -- besides the pentagonal church -- a three-storied building which houses a cultural and educational center.

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