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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Orthodox Holy cross Church in Geneva celebrates anniversary

In Geneva today opened a unique photo exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Orthodox Church in the name of the exaltation of the cross.

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In organizing the exhibition, which was initiated by the Archbishop of Geneva and Western Europe Michael, with the active assistance of the Fund of St. Andrew, was attended by the largest Russian archival and scientific institutions. The Museum of architecture of Academy of arts the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian state historical archive, State historical Museum, the Library-Fund “the House of Russian Abroad”, the State archive of the Russian Federation, the foreign policy Archive of the Russian Empire and the Russian Museum provided their materials for the exhibition.

I must say that the Abbot of the Russian Imperial mission in Switzerland Archpriest Afanasy Petrov Archpriest Afanasy Petrov K., conceived in 1861 in Switzerland to build a permanent Orthodox Church, found the support of the authorities of the Canton of Geneva. In his letter to St. Petersburg Archpriest, wrote: “Geneva, not having the fame of other successful busy cities of Europe, such as Paris, Lyon, Vienna and Berlin, has long enjoyed a … special privilege – the privilege of the religious center of Europe… – minded, free spirit and thought”. The land for the construction of the Cathedral was allocated for free, she was only allowed to use free of charge, while there is the Church. The place for the construction of Afanasy Petrov cantonal authorities entrusted to choose their own. As a result the Church fits in harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Money for the construction of temple was going among the Russian community in Switzerland and in Russia itself. Have contributed to its emergence and the members of the Imperial Family: among the contributors were the Emperor Alexander II, Grand Dukes Konstantin Nikolaevich and Mikhail Nikolaevich. Contributed in the same way the Duke of Leuchtenberg, Metropolitan of Kiev, Arsenii (Moskvin). The temple project took under his patronage of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, and she chose the architect. – specialist in old Russian and Byzantine architecture David Ivanovich Grimm. The temple was built in three years. His consecration took place on the 14th (26th) September, 1866, the feast of the exaltation of the Holy cross. The Cathedral is one of the oldest Orthodox churches in Switzerland, which was loved by the Russian creative intelligentsia. Here he was married to the painter Mikhail Vrubel, in this temple was the baptism of the first daughter of Fyodor Dostoevsky Sophia. Among the famous parishioners was the Serbian king Peter I Karadjordjevic and his grandson, the king Peter II and the Greek Queen Olga.

The most striking episodes from the history Krestovozdvijenskaya of the temple reflected in the photo exhibition.

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