14 November 2012, 17:27
Patriarch Kirill awards church order to head of presidential property management office in Jordan Pilgrim House
Amman, November 14, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has awarded a Sergius of Radonezh order to Vladimir Kozhin, the head of the Russian presidential property management office, for his work for the good of the Russian Church.
The ceremony took place in the Russian Pilgrim House on the river Jordan in Jordan, Deacon Alexander Volkov, the head of the patriarch's press service, told reporters in Amman on Wednesday.
Patriarch Kirill visited that place on Tuesday evening.
The decision to provide land near the site of Christ's baptism in Jordan for the construction of the Russian Pilgrim House was made on July 4, 2006 at the initiative of Jordan's King Abdallah II. The site, which has an area of over 9,000 square meters, leads directly to the river and was provided to Russia by the Kingdom of Jordan free of charge for unlimited use in February 2007 during Russian President Vladimir Putin's official visit to Jordan.
The land is near the Baptism Site of Jesus, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. In the period between the fifth century and early twelfth century, five Christian churches built in memory of Jesus' baptism replaced each other there.
The Russian Pilgrim House has a hotel with 42 rooms, a church, a dining room, and a house for honored guests. The site became Russian property in 2012.
On June 26, 2012, a guesthouse and a chapel located on the site were sanctified by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. Vladimir Putin visited the guesthouse later that day.