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Membership / donation


Friends of the Russian Cathedral in Nice


Application for membership

You wish to join as:

Once your application has been accepted by the Board, your membership will be confirmed by e-mail, and the amount of your membership fee will then become due.

Payment of the annual

membership fee Active members (30 €) and benefactors (150 €) :

Donation in favour of the cathedral

You can make a donation for the cathedral, whatever the amount:
MAKE A DONATION We thank you very much for your generosity.

We thank you very much for your generosity.

Participation in the annual ACRN charity dinner

You have the opportunity to register for the annual charity dinner held in early summer (see below for photo albums and films of our past events), with the date and venue to be determined on your personal invitation.

Other payment methods

Payments for any reason can also be made by cheque to the order of ACRN, to be sent to our treasurer Mr. Nikita Ionnikoff, 1 ruelle Saint-Jean, 06390 Contes.
You also have the possibility of sending your payments according to the methods established above, secure, fast and practical.

Your donation in favour of the cathedral, as well as those made through your participation in our charity dinners, are transferred to the cathedral for its annual maintenance and permanent embellishment, as well as to support the works initiated in favour of the parish of Saint-Nicolas. Here is a list of our main activities over the last eight years.

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Our actions in favour of the cathedral

Between 2013 and 2021, ACRN has collected and donated €155,767 to the Russian Cathedral in Nice.

2013: €1,200 is donated to the cathedral for its operations.

2014 : ACRN collects €30,000 in donations, of which €27,000 is paid to the company in charge of the renovation work on the parish house, and €2,127 is devoted to the purchase of religious objects.

2015: €13,000 of donations are collected and €15,000 are allocated to the restoration work on the parish house.

2016 : On the occasion of our first charity evening at the Negresco in Nice, we recorded a net result of €18,900 and donated €19,000 to the diocesan association.

2017: Our second evening, which took place at the Hyatt Regency "Palais de la Méditerranée" in Nice, resulted in a net profit of €27,000, part of which was donated to the victims of the 14 July attack in Nice.

2018: Our third charity evening, organised at the Monte-Carlo Bay in Monaco, resulted in a net profit of €53,300. This year, the ACRN donated €22,000 to the diocesan association and allocated €40,000 to the restoration of the candelabras and various objects of worship in the cathedral.

2019 : The fourth ACRN evening is held at the Hyatt Regency in Nice and shows a net result of €17,000, of which €15,000 is donated to the diocesan association.

2020 : ACRN decides not to organise an evening in view of the COVID-19 epidemic. Nevertheless, we receive €35,800 in donations from our historical patrons and other benefactors, of which €20,400 is specifically earmarked for the diocesan association to pay for two bronzes, one of the bust of General Yudenitch and the other for the memorial to Emperor Nicholas II.

2021: This year sees the realisation of our fifth charity evening, again at the Monte-Carlo Bay in Monaco, with a net result of €20,971. The ACRN donates 10,000€ to the diocesan association, allocated to the payment of new tables and chairs for the crypt of the cathedral, 1,000€ to settle the bill for the bronzes made in 2020, and 20,000€ allocated to the restoration of the crypt.

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Our past charity events

ACRN evening on 1 October 2021

Our fifth charity evening in aid of the Russian Cathedral of St Nicholas in Nice took place in Monaco on Friday 1 October 2021, in the superb Columbia Lounge of the Monte-Carlo Bay, overlooking the sea.

The Russian Imperial Family was represented by H.H. Princess Feodora Romanoff, Honorary President of ACRN, as well as H.H. Prince Rostislav Romanov and LL.AA.SS. Prince George Yourievsky, great grandson of Emperor Alexander II, and Princess Elikonida Yourievsky. The evening was held with the blessing of Monsignor Antoine, Metropolitan of Chersonese and Exarch of Western Europe, and under the high patronage of H.E. Mr Alexeï Meshkov, Russian Ambassador to France and Monaco.

Our faithful sponsors were present, surrounded by representatives of the Russian, French and European nobilities, as well as our many friends.

Mr Pierre de Fermor, President of ACRN, emphasised in his introduction to the evening that over the last eight years the association has collected more than 150,000 Euros in donations, all of which have been donated to the cathedral. And Princess Feodora Romanoff rightly reminds us: "What you keep for yourself you may lose, what you give to others you will always keep".

The auction takes place in the middle of the evening with three post-mortem lithographic prints by Chagall, followed by an oil on canvas by the Russian painter Sasha Drutskoy, whose name is Prince Alexander Drutskoy Sokolinsky, a member of the illustrious Rurikid family, who is himself a descendant of the eldest son of St. Vladimir, Isiaslav Prince of Polotsk.

Two talented artists host the event: Pianist and vocalist Kira Parfeevets and soprano Norah Amsellem.

A tombola ends the evening, with the first prize being a set of three 19th century pendant icons.

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ACRN Day on 15 June 2018

A panikhide is celebrated in the morning in the cathedral by Father Andrey, in memory of the martyred Emperor Nicholas II and his family, and all the departed members of the Imperial Romanoff dynasty.

In the evening, a charity dinner takes place in the garden of the "Monte-Carlo Bay" in Monaco, the third evening organised by the ACRN in favour of the cathedral, following the one held in the summer of 1976 at the Negresco, and the one held in the summer of 2017 at the "Palais de la Méditerranée"

A very international dinner brings together three hundred participants from Monaco and France, but also from Russia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Germany and Canada.

Under the patronage and in the presence of H.H. Princess Theodora Romanoff, Honorary President of the ACRN, Bishop Nestor of Chersonese and H.S.H. Prince George Yourievsky, great-grandson of Emperor Alexander II, the event also received the patronage of H.E. Mr Alexey Meshkov, President of the ACRN. H.E. Mr Alexey Meshkov, Russian Ambassador to France and Monaco, who was also present, as well as Mrs Ekaterina Semenikhina, Honorary Consul General of Russia in Monaco.

The evening was hosted by the talented violinist Anna Kim, from the Moscow Conservatory, the young and promising pianist Arsène Arnaud (13 years old), and a quartet made up of musicians Maria Zvereva, Sebastien Doucet, Liviu Muzsikus and Adrien Arsénie. A moment of great intensity was the performance of two internationally renowned opera singers, the soprano Elisabeth Vidal and the bass-baritone André Coignet.

An auction of eight lots, including two antique icons and artist's proofs of lithographs by Dali and Chagall, was a great success, with the proceeds going to the cathedral.

A tombola with thirty-two luxury prizes ended the evening. The main prize awarded at the twelfth stroke of midnight, a sea cruise for two in the Mediterranean, was won by a Belgian couple.

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ACRN Day on 24 June 2016

To celebrate the renewal of the restored cathedral, a full day of celebrations takes place in Nice on Friday 24 June 2016.

At 10:30 a.m. a great liturgy begins in the cathedral, celebrated with the blessing of His Holiness Cyril I, Patriarch of Moscow, by Bishop Nestor of Chersonese and by Archpriest Andrey Elisseev, rector of the cathedral.

At 18:00, a month-long exhibition dedicated to Russian religious art, the construction of the cathedral and its renovation will be inaugurated at the Palais Massena, under the patronage of Mr Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, former Minister, Member of Parliament and President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis.

At 8.30 pm a large charity dinner will take place in the Salon Royal of the Hotel Negresco, under the high patronage of H.E. Mr Alexandre Orlov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to France and Monaco, with the presence of numerous Russian artists, and the organization of an auction including a painting of the cathedral by the Russian painter Gueorgui Chichkine, a sculpture of the Virgin Mary by the French sculptor Jean-Pierre Augier, and objects of Russian art.

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Celebration on 19 January 2016 of the reopening of the cathedral after its restoration

Presentation of the restored cathedral

Dinner on 8 June 2016 at the Negresco in Nice

Dinner on 12 July 2017 at the Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice

FR3 report on the Russian cathedral in Nice, ranked among the 10 favourite monuments of the French at the election of the "Monument préféré des Français" on 18 September 2020

Useful links related to the Russian cathedral of Nice

ACRN page on facebook


Official website of the Saint-Nicolas cathedral

Site cathédrale

Page of the Cathedral on facebook


Russian Orthodox Church in France


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