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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 and is a lovely 19th-century church. The building undergoes a complete revival restoration. A restorer from the french "Workshop Arcoa" is working on the removal of adherent surface deposits by physical chemical means on a seraph (or seraphim) painting in the church's cupola. Art conservation can involve the cleaning and stabilization of art work. The conservation-restoration of cultural heritage focuses on protection and care of tangible cultural heritage, including artworks. A seraph (or seraphim) is a type of celestial or heavenly being in Christianity. Tradition places seraphim in the highest rank in the Christian angelic hierarchy. A seminal passage in the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-8) used the term to describe six-winged beings that fly around the Throne of God crying "holy, holy, holy". This throne scene, with its triple invocation of holiness (a formula that came to be known as the Trisagion), profoundly influenced subsequent theology, literature and art. Its influence is frequently seen in works depicting angels, heaven and apotheosis. A painting of Mark the Evangelist with his symbol, the winged lion. The Russian church serves today not only the Russian community but also Bulgarians, Serbs, Coptic Christians and other Orthodox worshippers who do not have their own church in Geneva. In architecture, a cupola is a small, most often dome-like, structure on top of a building.1.11.2016 © 2016 Didier Ruef