Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Paris

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky de Paris
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is located in Paris
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
48°52′39.3″N 2°18′7.1″E / 48.877583°N 2.301972°E / 48.877583; 2.301972Coordinates: 48°52′39.3″N 2°18′7.1″E / 48.877583°N 2.301972°E / 48.877583; 2.301972
DenominationRussian Orthodox Church
Founder(s)Joseph Vassiliev, Alexander II of Russia
Consecrated11 September 1861
Heritage designationLogo monument historique - rouge ombré, encadré.svg Monument Historique PA00088807[1]
Designated11 May 1981
Architect(s)Roman Kouzmine, Ivan Strohm
Architectural typeCathedral
Groundbreaking3 March 1859
ArchdiocesePatriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe
ArchbishopJohn of Dubna

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky, Russian: Собор Святого Александра Невского) is a Russian Orthodox cathedral church located at 12 rue Daru in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It was established and consecrated in 1861, making it the first Russian Orthodox place of worship in France. It is the see of the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, recently transferred to the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Moscow.[2] It was built in part through a gift of 200,000 francs from Tsar Alexander II.[3] Alexander Nevsky Cathedral had not been aligned with the Patriarch of Moscow since the Russian Revolution. But as of 14 September 2019 the jurisdiction of the parish community of the cathedral was transferred to the Patriarchate of Moscow. The cathedral should not be confused with Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, which is a provincial cathedral of the Patriarchal Exarchate in Western Europe (Moscow Patriarchate). The closest métro station is Courcelles Metro-M.svg Paris transit icons - Métro 2.svg

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Representation in other media[edit]

The 1956 film Anastasia, about one of the daughters of the imperial Romanov family. features the Cathedral in one of its first scenes.[4]



  • Nicolas Ross, Saint-Alexandre sur-Seine, édition du CERF.


  1. ^ Base Mérimée: Cathédrale orthodoxe Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  2. ^ "Historic and festive Sunday at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral". Exarchat.
  3. ^ Hassell, James E. (1991). Russian Refugees in France and the United States Between the World Wars. American Philosophical Society. ISBN 978-0871698179.
  4. ^ "Anastasia". Turner Classic Movies.