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Religions in Moscow

Guidelines for Visiting Orthodox Churches
When visiting an active church or monastery, you should bear in mind that it is not only an architectural and historical landmark. In the first place, it is where religious services are held and where believers and people in need of support come to pray.
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Protestantism originated in Europe in the 16th century as a result of splitting from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation. Lutheranism is the oldest branch of Protestantism in Moscow. The first Lutherans appeared in Russia with the confession itself, as early as in the 16th century.
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Judaism is not only a religion, it’s a way of life. With its large Jewish communities and well-known synagogues, Moscow can justly be called the capital city of Russian Judaism. It is in Moscow that Russia’s top rabbis reside, including Berel Lazar (Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, or FJCR) and Adolf Shayevich.
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Catholicism is one of Russia’s traditional religions, and the presence of the Catholic Church in Moscow goes back to many centuries. This religion has known periods of outright rejection and of goodwill.
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