The Madrid authorities to transfer a land plot for construction of Russian church

The authorities of Madrid will soon transfer a land plot for construction a Russian Orthodox church, Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimenes said at the ceremony of presenting the symbolic golden key to Madrid to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. "We are very pleased that Moscow and Madrid are sister cities, and that our cooperation also involves other large cities. We would like to further strengthen these ties", he said.

"To support this sincere wish of our further coming close together and cooperation, I am pleased to say that in reply to the request from the Russian Embassy in Spain the Mayor's Office of Madrid in the next few days will start the necessary procedures related to the transfer of a municipal land plot to the Russian Orthodox Church for the construction of an Orthodox cathedral", the Mayor said.

The Nativity of Christ parish has been operative in Madrid since its establishment in 2002.

The day before, the parish was visited by Svetlana Medvedeva, the wife of the Russian President. She met with the rector Priest Andrey Kordochkin and presented the parish with the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan, and Fr. Andrey handed her a memorial cross.

Source: Interfax religion