Orthodox worship

Paris has two major Orthodox cathedrals.

Centre spirituel et culturel orthodoxe russe, vue du pont de l'Alma, Paris © Christophe Prévotat

Of the twenty or so places of Orthodox worship in Paris and the Paris region, the Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral and the Sainte-Trinité Cathedral are by far the most important.

The first, located in rue Daru a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe, was consecrated in 1861 and today is part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. It is known for having been the place in which Pablo Picasso and the Russian Dancer Olga Koklova were married in 1918, and where the funeral of the painter Wassily Kandinsky took place in 1944.

In December 2016, the Patriarch Cyrille consecrated a new place of worship: the Cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité, a marvellous work of contemporary architecture designed by architects Wilmotte & Associates. With its five golden cupolas and minimalist style, it is the administrative centre of the diocese of Chersonese, which includes the Russian Orthodox parishes of France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.

The Cathedral is also part of a larger ensemble, the Russian orthodox spiritual and cultural centre, comprising notably a cultural centre and an educational centre.

Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky

Place of worship
12 rue Daru, Paris, 75008

This neo-Byzantine style Orthodox church, consecrated in 1861, is dedicated to this Russian saint. It has seen the marriage of......

Paroisse Saint-Serge

Place of worship
93 rue de Crimée, Paris, 75019

This protestant parish from the 19th century, which was in a state of neglect in 1918, was acquired by the Orthodox Church on the......