To further strengthen the spiritual center of the Russian Church, the project includes the construction of a large complex including an Orthodox art museum, a cultural center for youth, a library for works of theology, a hotel, a palace for the patriarch, and a media center. (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP)
The Russian Orthodox Church has announced plans to construct its own version of the Vatican in the Moscow region. They estimate the project would cost €2 billion.
On 27 June, authorities of the city of Sergiyev Posad, some 70 kilometers from Moscow, estimated between 120 and 140 billion rubles (2 billion euros) for the project to rebuild the city and transform it into a religious, cultural and tourist center "inspired by the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca."
Launched in 2017 by the Russian Ministry of Housing, the Mayor of Sergiyev Posad and the Patriarchate of Moscow, this program aims to transform this city of 100,000 inhabitants into the beating heart of the Russian Church.
The project has been entrusted to the urban planning consultancy Strelka. It provides for the almost total reconstruction of the city center, which will be divided into spiritual and administrative districts.
The renovation is expected to cover 400 hectares, or one third of the city, said Mikhail Tokarev, Mayor of Sergiyev Posad.