"The Russian-Orthodox church" Church Tip by OlafS

Church, Rotterdam: 8 reviews and 17 photos

  Rotterdam: Russian-Orthodox church
by OlafS

Rotterdam has many immigrant communities, many of which have their own churches. Polish catholics, Greek Orthodox, you name it. The newest church in the city is this Russian-Orthodox one, which was consecrated just a few weeks before my visit. It's a funny little building, but I hesitate to call it architecture. I'm quite conservative as far as architecture is concerned and don't like those modern boxes at all, but to build a new church that totally looks like an old one is a bit overdone, I think. Still, it makes for a nice picture when the sun shines upon it. And at least it's not ugly.
The Russian-Orthodox parish of Rotterdam is much older than the church and was founded just after the Second World War. Many of its priests and members are native Dutch; unlike in Russia itself people in The Netherlands are free to choose their own religion, and none of the "native" denomination protested against the construction of this church. Unfortunately the Russian Orthodox church sees no problem in enjoying such a freedom over here while at the same time it denies a similar freedom to other religions in Russia itself. Especially the Roman Catholic church and its members face the hostility of the Russian Orthodox clergy.

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  • Updated Jan 14, 2005
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