In Russian Orthodox churches the altar (or sanctuary) is usually separated from the rest of the church by a sanctuary screen, also called an iconostasis. These are covered in icons and highly decorated. In theological terms, the iconostasis acts as a link between the heavenly inner space of the altar and the holy space of the nave.
Pierre has had to bend the French language to breaking point in order to achieve this magic number. L'Russe is not real French, as the vowel should not be dropped in front of a consonant such as R.
Moscow's Kremlin was the old seat of government in Russia. It became the heart of government again in the twentieth century, under the Bolsheviks. The word kremlin means fortified complex; they are found at the heart of all historic Russian cities. In Moscow's case, the huge kremlin is a fortified city-within-a-city containing palaces, churches, and armories. The Kremlin Square is also known as Cathedral Square. As it lay at the heart of the Kremlin, it was considered the symbolic heart of Moscow, and therefore of Russia itself.