St. Louis of France
Moscow, 1995-2000

Built in the mid-1800s, this church was the only one left open in Moscow during Soviet times, mainly for propaganda purposes.
The church is literally surrounded by the buildings of the Lubyanka prison, the infamous execution center and headquarters of, successively, the Cheka, NKVD, and, later, the KGB. Cameras were trained on all the entrances of the church. Reconstruction work on this church, in significant part funded by A. C. R., was completed in late 2001. This was A. C. R.'s first building project.