Friday, May 20, 2011

French Court Confirms Russian Ownership of Cathedral in Nice

France's highest court of appeals has confirmed that St. Nicholas' Cathedral in Nice belongs to the Russian government as the representative of the former imperial government and to the Moscow Patriarchate as the highest authority of the Russian Orthodox Church, to which the cathedral previously belonged (the cathedral parish affiliated with the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Russian Orthodox exarchate after the Bolshevik Revolution). St. Nicholas' is currently the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral outside the former Russian Empire and is visited by some 200,000 tourists annually. More here.

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