The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is an Orthodox church near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The church serves as a cultural and spiritual centre for the Russian community in Paris and is closely linked to the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center nearby. The cathedral was consecrated in 2016, although Russian Orthodox churches have existed in Paris since the 19th century.
The Russian-speaking community in Paris is significant, numbering in the tens of thousands. Their influence in the city dates back to the early 20th century, following the Russian Revolution when many intellectuals and artists fled to Paris. The community experienced a renaissance during the latter half of the 20th century, bolstered by immigration waves in the 1990s and 2000s.
Currently, the Russian community continues to thrive, contributing to the rich cultural mosaic of Paris. Various Russian-owned businesses, schools, and organizations are found throughout the city.
Notable figures from this community include painter Marc Chagall and writer Vladimir Nabokov. Their work has significantly impacted French culture, integrating Russian art and literature elements into the local cultural landscape. Both figures embody the enduring and multifaceted relationship between Russia and France, reflected through their contributions to art and literature.