Putin and Berlusconi visited St. Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonesos
The Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visited St. Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonesos.
Putin gave the rector of the Church of the icon of John the Baptist of the 19th century. In front of the temple of Putin and Berlusconi met the residents and guests of Sevastopol, who greeted them with applause.
Entering the Cathedral, Putin and Berlusconi approached the icon of the Nativity of the Holy virgin, put a candle. The rector told them about the history of the Cathedral, whose construction was conceived during the reign of Alexander I, began during the reign of Alexander II and ended during the reign of Alexander III.
Then Putin and Berlusconi went to the second floor of the Cathedral, where they candles at icons of Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir. The Abbot told them that, according to legend, it was here baptized Prince Vladimir.
Putin presented the rector with an icon of John the Baptist.
Putin has already visited this Cathedral. For example, in 2001, participated in the ceremony of its opening After restoration with holding then a post of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma.
then Putin and Berlusconi showed the territory of the city of Chersonese, where he conducted archaeological excavations. According to the Museum staff, participate in archaeological excavations not only Russian Experts, but also overseas.
"We are cooperating with the Greeks, the Italians. These links are not lost, " he assured the correspondent employees of the Chersonese.