Cats are to bring even more curiosity in the Russian capital, as an animal lover is set to open a temple dedicated to these whiskered creatures.
The man behind the project is famous Russian cat trainer and founder of the Cat Theater on Kutuzovsky Prospect, Yury Kuklachev.
Children and adults will be able to see a variety of cat species there. They will be able to play with the cats, learn how to train them and even try out cat therapy.
Kuklachev says cats are admired by all religions and are allowed to enter churches, so there is nothing odd about building a temple to worship their intelligence, grace and ability to soothe.
Even people who are allergic to cats will be welcome at Kuklachev's temple. It will run special classes on how to use breathing techniques to beat allergies.
Moscow is not the first capital opening church’s door for “creatures great and small.” The Malate church in the Philippines’ Manila annually gathers dozens of animal lovers who wish to obtain a blessing for their pets – ranging from dogs, cats and birds to mean-looking reptiles.
The blessing is held a day before the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, which coincides with World Animal Day. The yearly ritual allows Catholic devotees to hear mass along with their pets, then have the animals brought towards the front of the church for a special blessing.