Some 20,000 people lined up on Tuesday around the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow to worship one of the most revered Christian shrines, the Mother of God’s Belt, pilgrim hotline employees said.

As the mercury in the Russian capital fell below zero, worshippers spent up to 15 hours in a 4-kilometer line to reach the Cathedral where the shrine, brought to Russia from Mount Athos in Greece for the first time in history, has been on display.

Despite arrangements including free meals being handed over to the worshipers and buses parked along the line where they could get warm, more than 70 believers required medical assistance on Tuesday, nine of whom were hospitalized, a medical source said.

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