ESTEPONA town hall has approved the use of a plot of land for construction of the Costa del Sol’s first purpose-built Russian Orthodox church.

Decked out in traditional onion-domed architecture, the building will also have a cultural centre next to it in the Arroyo de las Canas area.

Charitable organisation, Fundación Iniciativa Orthodox Rusa, is funding and coordinating the project which is expected to cost 1.1 million, mainly through donations, and has to be completed within 18 months once the building licence is granted.

Rusa says building plans ‘are urgently being finished’ to meet this strict timetable.

“We are doing all we can to implement the project,” said a statement from Rusa.

Once completed it will be only the third Russian Orthodox church in Spain.