The intermingling of Russian and French culture is renowned. So while in Paris, one must simply make a trip to visit Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski. Located north of the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe the five-dome church and clearly the unofficial Russian cultural centre of Paris provides a little taste of Russia in this chic city.
This church may not be as visually stunning as the Church on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg but it was witness to Picasso’s marriage to Olga Khoklova in 1918. The couple then lived just a few streets away on Rue de la Boetie.
Who was Alexander Nevksy?
Alexander Nevsky was a Grand Prince of Vladimir from which the kingdom of Russia was formed. It is said he successfully defended his kingdom against the Germans, Swedes and Tatars. Despite not being directly in line for the throne it is believed he was invited by the inhabitants to take the throne as he was respected throughout the region for his military might and political aptitude.
The infamous Soviet film-maker Eisenstein made a film about Nevksy and his military exploits which was used as part of Stalin’s expansionist propaganda campaign; its success furthered Eisenstein’s career, Stalin later permitting him to tackle the first Muscovite Tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Unfortunately, his fall from favour did not take long.
Cathdrale Alexandre Nevski
Open Tuesday, Friday, Sunday 3 – 5 pm