Exhibition "Lighthouses Of Russia" Opens At The Russian Spiritual And Cultural Orthodox Center In Paris

The exhibition "Lighthouses of Russia". Photo: press service of the Russian Embassy in France
The exhibition "Lighthouses of Russia". Photo: press service of the Russian Embassy in France

On April 16, the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris hosted the opening ceremony of an exhibition organized with the participation of the Russian Geographical Society. For the first time outside our country, the exhibition presents the works of the finalists of the photo contest "Lighthouses of Russia 2020".

An important place in the exhibition is occupied by "portraits" of lighthouses in remote parts of Russia. The northernmost of them is the tower lighthouse on Vostochny Island in the Vilkitsky Strait between Taimyr and Severnaya Zemlya. Guests of the exhibition can also see the Aniva Lighthouse in the remote southern part of Sakhalin Island and Irbensky Lighthouse, one of the last floating lighthouses in the world.

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The exhibition "Lighthouses of Russia". Photo: press service of the Russian Embassy in France
The exhibition "Lighthouses of Russia". Photo: press service of the Russian Embassy in France

“It is wonderful that the international dialogue in the field of lighthouses is developing: among the guests of the opening evening of the exhibition there are representatives of the community of marine navigation aids and lighthouse authorities of several countries who have familiarized themselves with the exhibition with interest. There were also many guests who discovered for the first time the peculiarities of lighthouse business and appreciated the beauty and romance of lighthouses. It is wonderful that thanks to the contest of the Russian Geographical Society such an exhibition was born which can now be seen in Paris," said Daria Loyola, representative of the Center of the Russian Geographical Society in Paris.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian Embassy, the Department of Navigation and Oceanography of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Geographical Society, the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, the International Association of Lighthouse Services as well as invited persons and residents of Paris.

The exhibition was opened by Russian Ambassador to France Aleksey Meshkov, Head of the Department in the Department of Navigation and Oceanography of the Ministry of Defense Oleg Gaidai, and Deputy Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities Omar Frits Eriksson.

The exhibition "Lighthouses of Russia" will run at the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris until May 12, 2024.