"Moscow-on-Seine": a new
Russian Orthodox cathedral is to be built close to the Eiffel Tower
in Paris, despite the Mayor of the city's describing it as
The Russian Prime
Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, visited Paris last week, and broached
the subject of the cathedral in talks with his French counterpart,
Jean-Marc Ayrault. At a joint press conference afterwards, the pair
insisted that the project to build a large cathedral and cultural
centre would go ahead.
Mr Ayrault said that the
project was "symbolic of our strengthening relationship", but that
the design needed to be amended and "some obstacles removed".
The Mayor of Paris,
Bertrand Delanoë, had described the project, which includes five
domes and an undulating glass roof, as "pastiche architecture", and
an "ostentation totally unsuitable for the banks of the Seine".
The design, by a Spanish architect and a Russian company, has
been dubbed "Moscow-on-Seine" by Parisians.