Rio de Janeiro, February 26, 2015
An exhibition of Russian Orthodox icons has opened in Rio de Janeiro, reports RIA-Novosti.
Several dozen icons are exhibited in the ancient mansion in the city center, where in the 19th century the residence of the imperial Brazil’s defense minister was located and today the Academy of philosophy of Brazil is situated.
“We are happy to have this opportunity to acquaint the Brazilian public with this very significant part of the cultural and religious heritage of Russia – Orthodox icons,” said consul general of the Russian Federation to Rio de Janeiro Andrei Budayev opening the exhibition.
The exposition has been organized by the Russian Federation’s consulate general to Rio de Janeiro together with the parish of Holy Greatmartyr Zinaida (of the Moscow Patriarchate) in Rio de Janeiro and the Brazil Academy of Philosophy. Visitors can see more than 30 works of Russian iconography.
“We have done our best to show examples of the most important and venerated icons in Russia: those of St. Vladimir, the Baptizer of Russia, St. Andrew the First-Called as well as copies of wonder-working icons of Holy Theotokos,” related Priest Vasily Gelevan, Rector of the St. Zinaida’s Church, to RIA-Novosti.
According to the organizers, the icons will be displayed till the end of April, but the exhibition may extend till the end of June should visitor interest demand.