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Pilgrimage

 

Moscow is the capital of a multinational country, with representatives of more than 100 nations and various religions living here. More than 900 religious organizations, 40 different confessions and 150 socio-religious and cultural-religious organizations are officially registered in Moscow. The capital’s largest religious organization is the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), which incorporates 320 parishes and communities. And as for the other religions, here are some interesting statistics: Old Believers’ Church — 11 parishes and 6 temples, Islam — 25 congregations and 6 mosques, Judaism — 15 congregations and 5 synagogues, Buddhism — 16 congregations and 3 temples, Catholic Church — 12 parishes and 2 churches, Lutheran Church — 7 parishes and 3 temples, other Protestant movements — nearly 250 congregations and 30 prayer houses, other religious denominations — nearly 200 congregations.

Christians, Muslims and Jews comprise the city’s majority of the population. About 1.5% of Muscovites (roughly 150,000 people) say they belong to other religious movements, including rather exotic and unusual religions of South and East Asia, such as Brahmanism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Tantrism, as well as various religious congregations primarily of the protestant nature.

Historical buildings of Russian Orthodox Churches, mosques, synagogues, Catholic and Protestant churches decorate the center of Moscow. Meanwhile, the The Memorial Complex on Poklonnaya Hill was erected to commemorate all the soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War (WWII) and has become a great symbol of Russia, uniting people of all confessions. That’s also why the Orthodox Church of Great Martyr and Victory Bearer St.George, the patron of Moscow, the memorial Mosque and the Memorial Synagogue have all become part of Victory Park.

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