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Switzerland. Geneva.The Russian Church (full name: Cathédrale de l'Exaltation de la Sainte Croix) is designed in a Byzantine Moscovite style. The church is a lovely 19th-century Russian Orthodox church topped with golden onion domes. The building, roof and bulbs undergo a complete revival restoration. A newly restored copper bulb has received a pre-coated yellow paint. A woman's worker hand is cleaning the dome from dust before gilding with golden leaves. The cross has already be covered by a thin coating of gold. The term gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf to solid surfaces such as onion domes and crosses. A gilded object is also described as "gilt". The Russian church serves today not only the Russian community but also Bulgarians, Serbs, Coptic Christians and other Orthodox worshippers who do not have their own church in Geneva. An onion dome is a dome whose shape resembles an onion. Such domes are often larger in diameter than the drum upon which they sit, and their height usually exceeds their width. These bulbous structures taper smoothly to a point. 28.06.2016 © 2016 Didier Ruef