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Russia: Saint Isaac's Cathedral handed over to Russian Orthodox Church02:04

Russia: Saint Isaac's Cathedral handed over to Russian Orthodox Church

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
February 12, 2017 at 11:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people participated in a procession at the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Sunday to support the handover of the city's landmark to the Russian Orthodox Church.

More than 500 believers are reported to have joined the sacred procession around the cathedral with the prayerful singing to Isaac of Dalmatia.

During the event, a man dressed in a robe and holding a placard saying 'the most high does not dwell in houses made by hands' was arrested by the police after he refused to take away the poster.

The authorities of St. Petersburg announced on January 10 that the state will give Saint Isaac's Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church for a period of 49 years. Such a decision split Russian society, causing many debates between its opponents and supporters.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition against the handover of the UNESCO heritage site claiming such an act could result in non-worshippers facing restricted access.

Russian Orthodox Church officials say that the cathedral will not only continue its museum functions, but improve them.

Russia: Saint Isaac's Cathedral handed over to Russian Orthodox Church02:04
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Hundreds of people participated in a procession at the Saint Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Sunday to support the handover of the city's landmark to the Russian Orthodox Church.

More than 500 believers are reported to have joined the sacred procession around the cathedral with the prayerful singing to Isaac of Dalmatia.

During the event, a man dressed in a robe and holding a placard saying 'the most high does not dwell in houses made by hands' was arrested by the police after he refused to take away the poster.

The authorities of St. Petersburg announced on January 10 that the state will give Saint Isaac's Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church for a period of 49 years. Such a decision split Russian society, causing many debates between its opponents and supporters.

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition against the handover of the UNESCO heritage site claiming such an act could result in non-worshippers facing restricted access.

Russian Orthodox Church officials say that the cathedral will not only continue its museum functions, but improve them.

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