Russian Orthodox Church & Cultural Center in Paris

Russian architects, Arch-group, and French studio, Sade Sarl, have won an international competition to design a Russian Orthodox church and cultural centre adjacent to the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. The cultural and spiritual centre will include a large public garden with a surrounding glass wall of multimedia screens which will be open to the public. A glass canopy will partially cover part of the garden, joining the stone cultural centre and church with nine golden onion domes.

Russian Cultural Centre Paris

The design of the church will be influenced by the Russian Orthodox churches built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The church will have five onion domes, three naves, and lateral sanctuaries. Large slabs of white limestone will be imported from Russia for the building. The interior will boast traditional wall paintings in the style of Andrei Rublev.

It is expected that the project will be financed by the state, church, its contractors and sponsors.

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A Bicentenary Trip to Chopin’s Grave in Paris

This year Poland and classical music fans are celebrating the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth. So there is no better time to visit his grave, which is regularly adorned with flowers left by among other, hordes of Polish scouts.

Chopin's Grave, Paris

Located in Pere-Lachaise cemetery, in eastern Paris, Chopin’s grave can be found in the 11th division and is relatively easy to spot.  A little like its very own small village, boasting cobbled streets and dainty signposts, one can spend hour after hour spotting the resting places of famous names from the past.

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A la Ville de Petrograd: Russian Restaurant in Paris

Just opposite the Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski is a wonderful little Russian restaurant: A la Ville de Petrograd!

The exterior artwork boasts typical Russian motifs and designs.

All so incredibly endearing you can’t help but want to go inside and check out the menu.

And the menu is just as traditional.

There are plenty of salads, caviar, borsch, blinis and stroganoff to keep any Russophile happy!

There are also several set menu options starting at just 15 Euros.

A la Ville de Petrograd, 13 Rue de Daru, Paris, 75008.

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Russian Orthodox Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski in Paris

Russian Orthodox Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France
Russian Orthodox Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France

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.

Close-up, Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France
Close-up, Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski, Paris, France

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
Rue Daru
Paris
Open Tuesday, Friday, Sunday 3 – 5 pm

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PFW: Chapurin Autumn/Winter 2010-11

Russian label, Chapurin’s Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection was shown at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday.  The inspiration behind the collection was Siberia, the Russian terror incognita, thrown in the north to the icy embrace of the permafrost, confined in the south to a vast snowy taiga.  The region serves the world as an historic metaphor of Russia, a symbol of a power of a civilisation battling the mighty force of nature. This land’s wild beauty, interwoven mixture of Slavic culture and the Siberian folk’s aged-old traditions have inspired Igor Chapurin to create his new collection.  Its character is a personified essence of the northern land combining natural energy and depth, ardor and unbending will, powerful charisma and femininity.

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The Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection sees loose lines and clear-cut geometry.  Soft cocoons of coats and jackets wrap architectural forms of dresses and body-suits.  Traces of traditional Siberian garments are used in the design of the coats with fur-trimmed hoods.  Large voluminous collars resembling those worn by the Siberians in the old ages give women a strong and powerful silhouette.

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