There seems to be some 16 orthodox churches in Paris, whereof five Russian ones depending on the patriarch of Constantinople. In previous posts, we have already visited the Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral and the Saint-Serge-de-Radonège church. Here is a third very modest and particular one, Saint-Séraphin-de-Sarov.
As with the Saint-Serge church, you will not find it spontaneously, you have to push a gate at 91, rue Lecourbe, and you will discover some old buildings, a courtyard, a bit of green space ... and a small wooden building, which sine 1933 is a church for especially the local Russian community. A lot of Russians immigrated after the 1917 revolution and many of them settled around here, in the 15th arrondissement; in the 1930’s maybe 10% of the population of this arrondissement had Russian origins. So, they needed a church. They used some old sheds on this property to build it.
The church is devoted to one of the most considered Russian saints, Seraphim-of-Sarov, who spent many years as a hermit in the woods. This is obviously the reason why it was decided to save two trees and build the church around them. You can – with good eyes – distinguish the trunk of one of the trees, inside the church, on the below photos.
I wish you a nice weekend!