In the city known as the 'cradle of the Renaissance,' surrounded by buildings roofed in predictable terracotta and dressed in Carrara marble, a cluster of five striped onion domes, each topped with a tall cross, is certainly not what you would expect to see in the Florence skyline. It is the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ, at the intersection of viale Giovanni Milton and via Leone X. While the debate continues over the need for a 'suitable' place of prayer for Florence's growing Muslim community, we asked Kelley Robinson to find out more about the history of Florence's small community of Russian Orthodox worshipers and their place of prayer here, a building which seems both disconnected from its surroundings, yet at the same time somewhat complementary to the city's distinct architectural style. Or does it? Email [email protected] with your thoughts.