Above, an artist’s rendering of what a Russian Orthodox church Moscow wants to build in Paris would look like. And here I thought Orthodoxy had escaped the madness of modernist church architecture that caused so many hideous Catholic and Protestant churches to be built. But nyet.

The good news is that French authorities are balking. The mayor of Paris has called the proposed design an eyesore. He’s right. This design is entirely inappropriate for Paris. Build an Orthodox cathedral, but make it look like an Orthodox cathedral, not a tacky airline terminal in a provincial Russian city.