Geneva has always been a cosmopolitan and tolerant city. In 1859 the Russian Orthodox population of the city was authorized to build a church. The project was financed thanks to the generosity of a long-term resident, the Duchess Anna Feodorovna Constancia, the sister-in-law of Tsar Alexander I and aunt of Queen Victoria. The Église Russe was built in a Byzantine Moscovite style according to the design of Grimm, a professor at the St. Petersburg Academy, and was completed in 1866. The church has gleaming gilded domes (which were restored in 1966). Inside it is beautifully decorated and has an impressive collection of 16th- to 20th-century icons.
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