YEREVAN, September 17, /ARKA/.Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has arrived in Moscow to attend the consecration of the Cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the opening ceremony of the Cultural Cathedral Complex in Moscow, the presidential press service reported.
The Cathedral of the complex will become the biggest structure of the Armenian Apostolic Church outside Armenia.
The Cultural Cathedral Complex of the Russian and New Nakhijevan Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church has been built with donations of Russia-based Armenian and Russian sponsors.
The complex of a total area of 25,000 square meters includes the Cathedral for 1,000 worshippers, a chapel, and the residence of the diocesan primate, an educational center, a museum-treasury, and an underground parking lot for 200 cars.
The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II is expected to conduct the consecration service. It will be followed by holy liturgy in the Armenian language.
The land plot for construction of the complex was allotted by the Moscow government in 1996. The complex was designed by architect Artak Ghulyan. The construction work began in 2006.