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Dome Installed Atop New Orthodox Center In Paris

The main golden cupola has been raised into place over a new Russian Orthodox cathedral under construction in the French capital, Paris.

Religious and political figures gathered on March 19 to watch a crane hoist the 8-ton cupola into place. Before the project is completed in October, four more cupolas will also be installed.

The cathedral is just part of a 90 million-euro ($100 million) Russian Orthodox cultural and spiritual center that will include a school, a library, a seminary, and exhibition spaces.

The center will be on the balance sheet of the Russian Foreign Ministry and have diplomatic status, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko told Interfax.

Based on reporting by AP, TASS, and Interfax