Friday, March 18, 2011

Russian Orthodox Cathedral to Be Built in France; Will Be Located at the Foot of the Eiffel Tower

The Telegraph (British) website reports today (March 18, 2011) that a golden onion-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral -- which the French fear could become a Russian spy base -- will be built at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, according to plans unveiled yesterday (March 17).

The Franco-Russian SADE-Arch group of architects has been chosen to build the white building from among 10 bidders.

Overlooking the Seine River -- and a stone's throw from France's most famous landmark -- the cathedral will be wreathed in a huge glass solar-panelled roof, which chief architect Manuel Nunez Yanowsky said was designed to evoke not only an immense waterfall, but also symbollically "the veil of the Mother of God."

Archbishop Marc d'Egorievsk -- who represents the Moscow Patriarchy -- said the 30-million-pound project was chosen, because it "blends Orthodox tradition and the modernity of a city like Paris."

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