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Russia: Early risers queue to see St. Andrew's cross in Moscow00:46

Russia: Early risers queue to see St. Andrew's cross in Moscow

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 20, 2013 at 03:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Early risers queue to see St. Andrew's cross in Moscow

Early on Saturday morning thousands of Muscovites gathered near Christ the Saviour Cathedral in the Russian capital, the tallest Orthodox Church in the world, to touch one of the most respected Christian relics.

St. Andrew's cross is usually kept in Patras, Greece, but was transported to Russia earlier in the week. The cross was first exhibited in St. Petersburg before it came to Moscow. In St. Petersburg around 200,000 people saw to the relic, and over 400,000 are expected to see it in Moscow.

About 50 volunteers have been working to organise the crowds and provide them with water or medical assistance if needed.

St. Andrew's cross is planned to be in Moscow until July 25, before it goes to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

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Russia: Early risers queue to see St. Andrew's cross in Moscow

Early on Saturday morning thousands of Muscovites gathered near Christ the Saviour Cathedral in the Russian capital, the tallest Orthodox Church in the world, to touch one of the most respected Christian relics.

St. Andrew's cross is usually kept in Patras, Greece, but was transported to Russia earlier in the week. The cross was first exhibited in St. Petersburg before it came to Moscow. In St. Petersburg around 200,000 people saw to the relic, and over 400,000 are expected to see it in Moscow.

About 50 volunteers have been working to organise the crowds and provide them with water or medical assistance if needed.

St. Andrew's cross is planned to be in Moscow until July 25, before it goes to the Ukrainian capital Kiev.