"Orthodox church"

The Russian Orthodox Church in Geneva was consecrated in 1866 -- the first in Switzerland. A Russian community settled and grew in Switzerland in the early years of the 19th century. The Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna, wife of the Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich (younger brother of Czar Alexander I) settled in Bern, then moved to Geneva in the 1850s.

The Czar feared the Russian community would be vulnerable to liberal ideas floating around Switzerland. Geneva, known as the “Protestant Rome” where religious controversies had boiled since the Reformation, donated land for the church at one of the highest points in the city, overlooking Lake Geneva. On a clear day, the golden domes can be seen like glowing candles from miles away.