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Switzerland. Geneva.The Russian Church (full name: Cathédrale de l'Exaltation de la Sainte Croix) is designed in a Byzantine Moscovite style. The church is a lovely 19th-century Russian Orthodox church topped with golden onion domes. The roof and bulbs undergo a complete revival restoration by the roofing company « Cerutti Toitures SA ». The mitre of Archbishop Michael and several orthodox priests while blessing with water and prayers the restored copper central onion dome carried by a crane. The restored copper bulb will later get a pre-coated yellow paint before gilding with golden leaves. Archbishop Michael (Secular name - Simeon Vasilyevich Donskoff; born on 29 March 1943) is a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Archbishop of Geneva and Western Europe. The Russian church serves not only the Russian community but also Bulgarians, Serbs, Coptic Christians and other Orthodox worshippers who do not have their own church in Geneva. An onion dome is a dome whose shape resembles an onion. Such domes are often larger in diameter than the drum upon which they sit, and their height usually exceeds their width. These bulbous structures taper smoothly to a point. The mitre ( "headband" or "turban" " ), also spelled miter, is a type of headgear now known as the traditional, ceremonial head-dress of bishops and certain abbots in traditional Christianity. Orthodox mitres are richly decorated in Christian iconography, often displaying intricate crosses and images of Christ and Mary. 31.10.2016 © 2016 Didier Ruef