"Trans-Nafta" to build Orthodox temple....in Beijing"
July 4, 2007 14:16:00
"Trans-Nafta" intends to build an Orthodox temple on the territory of the Russian cultural-ethnic center in Beijing
Moscow. July 4. INTERFAX - The Russan oil-gas "Trans-Nafta" trader announced an intention to build an Orthodox temple n the territory of the future Russian cultural-ethnic center in Beijing.
"The Center will be finished in the Russian style; an Orthodox temple is planned to be built on its territory. Currently there is only a chapel in Beijing on the compound of the Russian embassy", said Sergei Stepanov, "Trans-Nafta"'s general director, in an interview with the newspaper VEDOMOSTI, published on Wednesday.
Recently the trader's leadership and the Chinese resort company "Sin Shiyu An'" signed an agreement establishing a joint venture in Beijing's Shitszinshan neighborhood, which had been the territory of a former collective farm denoting Soviet-Chinese friendship.
It is expected, that the Russian Cultural Center which is to be completed by the time of the 2008 Olympic Games in the PRC, will consist of 160 hotel rooms, offices, a fitness center, conference rooms and two restaurants.
The total building area of buildings is about 50 thousand square Üeters, and the seed money -- $4 million, said S. Stepanov.
Meanwhile the Moscow Patriarchate said that it had no information on the upcoming construction of an Orthodox church in Beijing.
"Building a temple in Beijing is a very delicate matter. There is no guarantee that a construction permit will be granted to build the temple. The Church has not been consulted on this matter," Bishop Mark of Egorevsk, deputy chief of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, told "Interfax" on Wednesday.
DECR told Interfax that priests of the Moscow Patriarchate serve five communities of Orthodox compatriots living in China.
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