For the first time ever, the Russian Orthodox Church has held a church service on the North Pole.
The service was headed by Archbishop Ignatii of Petropavlovsk and Kamchatka. Two other priests assisted the bishop with service, which was held in a tent on the very North Pole point. Temperatures in the area were about minus 25 degrees centigrade.
Fifteen people attended the service, Rosbaltnord.ru reports.
-Today, after the long 1990s, Russia again turns towards the North, its strategic region, Archbishop Ignatii said after the event.