The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius is a religious building in the ancient Russian city of Vladimir. The cathedral itself is over 800 years old: it was finished in 1191 during the reign of the Grand Prince Vsevolod the Big Nest of Vladimir-Suzdal to the honour of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki. Being an important component of the White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, the cathedral belongs to the World Heritage of UNESCO.
This is Успенская церковь, or Church of the Assumptionon on Kremlin Street in Suzdal, Russia. On the outside it is painted in dark red, with white edges that underline the original, irregular architecture.
I usually advocate the merits of avoiding tourist-traps, exploring and travelling off the beaten track. I must admit, though, that there are must-see places that you really must see when you travel to a new city. Saint Petersburg offers a number of those and the one you see in today's picture is the interior of... Continue Reading →
Last year the Russian Patriarch Kirill and Roman Catholic Pope Francis had an historic meeting. It was the first time a pontiff and head of the Russian Orthodox church had met since the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart nearly 1,000 years ago. To celebrate the occasion and to strengthen the friendship between Christians, they agreed... Continue Reading →
During Soviet times, the USSR policy toward religion was based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, which made atheism the official doctrine of the Communist Party. As the founder of the Soviet state, Lenin, put it: Religion is the opium of the people: this saying of Marx is the cornerstone of the entire ideology of Marxism about... Continue Reading →
Most of the Golden Ring tours takes tourists directly from Vladimir to Suzdal. And that's a mistake. Between the two lays a lesser known, but magnificent little jewel. The Church of the Intercession on the Nerl is a rare example of XII century architecture. Situated at the confluence of Nerl and Klyazma Rivers, no one... Continue Reading →
The New Jerusalem Monastery, also known as the Voskresensky (Resurrection) Monastery, is a male monastery, located in the town of Istra, about 70 km East-Northeast of Moscow. To get there takes about one hour (plus traffic) in a car, or about twice as long wit a train from the capital (including a good half-hour walk... Continue Reading →
Zvenigorod (Russian: Звени́город) is an old town in the Moscow Oblast, Russia, about 70 km (one hour plus traffic) from the center of Moscow. You can get there from Belorusskaya railway station (Белорусский вокзал) in Moscow in about 1,5 hours for 144 Rubles (about 2 Euros/USD) and there is a train every hour or so.... Continue Reading →
While I was writing yesterdays's post, I remember an interesting fact about Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which I discovered last time I was in Saint Petersburg. I decided it deserves "a post on its own". Every year more than three million people visit this Unesco World Heritage site. It is definitely one of the city's most... Continue Reading →