22 November 2012, 12:01
Moscow will ask Paris to suspend consideration of Orthodox center project
Moscow, November 22, Interfax - Moscow plans to ask Paris to suspend its
consideration of a Russian request for permission to build an Orthodox
spiritual and cultural center in the French capital in order to be able
to put the finishing touches on the project.
"With the French authorities' consent, Russia has decided to request
suspension of the consideration of the earlier submitted application for
a building permit," the Kremlin Property Department said in a press
release, seen by Interfax.
"This suspension will allow us to carry out additional calculations and
look into new proposals in order to bring the project in line with the
specific requirements imposed on it as soon as possible," it said.
Under an earlier reached agreement, Russia acquired a land plot at the
Branly Embankment near the Alma Bridge in the French capital's 7th
district in March 2010, the department said.
An Orthodox spiritual and cultural center that will be built there
"ought to meet both the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church and
the spirit of the architectural highlights at the Seine embankments," it
The joint design by Spanish architect Manuel Nunez, agency Sade and
Russian company Arch Group won the international contest in March 2011.
"However, our analysis of the technical feasibility of the design
exposed a number of difficulties with its implementation," the
"The design is currently being adjusted with the parties' mutual consent
in order to enable it to fully meet the technical requirements and
harmoniously fit into the unique architectural landscape," it said.
The Orthodox spiritual and cultural center in Paris is expected to host
meetings and cultural events of the Russian community and allow other
residents of the French capital to familiarize themselves with Russian
Kremlin Property Department Director Viktor Kozhin said in January that
the construction of the center would be launched soon.
The project will be funded by the Russian budget, but donations from
legal entities and private individuals are also welcome.