Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Medley of Russian Churches

While I am catching my bearings (and perhaps while I am in Manhattan for the weekend
for a wedding), I will show some more sights from my two weeks in Russia.


The Dormition Cathedral in Moscow's Kremlin is a 15th century Russian Orthodox church.
The coronation of Ivan the Terrible, the first Russian tsar, took place here in 1547.  From 1721
onward, all Russian emperors were crowned here.


The Cathedral of the Annunciation faces the Dormition Cathedral across Cathedral Square.
It was consecrated in 1489 and was the personal chapel of the tsars.


The Church of Dimitry on Blood in Uglich is a beautiful little church built as a memorial to
eight-year old Dimitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible.  He was murdered in 1591, 
setting off three decades of turmoil.


Believe it or not, this St. Petersburg church was finished in 1908.
It is officially the Church of the Resurrection of Jesus, but it is called the Church of the
Savior of Spilled Blood because it commemorates the assassination of Tsar Alexander II on this spot.

Assassinating tsars and potential tsars seemed to be the national sport. 

19 comments:

Kate said...

All truly beautiful and unique to Russia.

Sharon Anck said...

That last one is one of my all time favorites that I would love to see in person. I've seen many photos of it. Hopefully I'll get there one day.

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you Jack. What a beautiful set of images. Love them.

Sylvia K said...

These are so beautiful, Jack, and particularly the last one!! Breathtaking! And, of course, your captures are superb as always!! Mmmm, assassinating tzars and potential ones does seem to be a popular, national sport indeed!! Thanks so much for sharing this trip with us!! So good to know you are home again!!

LOLfromPasa said...

Magnificent to say the least. How I would love to see these wonderful buildings.

Mersad said...

Beautiful sights. Glad to hear you are back home. Looking forward to your Russia images.

Tanya Breese said...

wow, i'd love to see all that someday! their architecture is just incredible! my great grandparents came from russia a little before the turn of the century...settled in pittsburgh. while we were there last year (pittsburgh) we saw their home and graves. i'm not sure if you saw the post on that...i'm always dragging you into my genealogy it seems lol

Lowell said...

Superb photos, Jack. I'd guess you had a wonderful time.

RedPat said...

I love those wonderful domes! Glad you are back safe and sound, Jack!

William Kendall said...

Gorgeous architecture there, Jack. I'd like to see it for myself someday.

Halcyon said...

Must have been an exciting trip. I haven't made it to Russia yet, but I plan on getting there! Hope you enjoy manhattan.

Hilda said...

This is just absolutely fascinating! Except for the towers topped by onion domes, the styles are so varied! That last one looks like a gingerbread house. :)

The stories, though—bloody!

Michelle said...

Such detail on these buildings. And, you captured it well. Enjoy your weekend in NYC!

Randy said...

Love the last one.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Stunningly beautiful architecture Jack.. wouldn't want to be a Tsar, not even potentially :)

EG CameraGirl said...

It's amazing how much the Tsars spent when most Russians were incredibly poor. Well, it makes it great now for tourism and photographers. ;)

José Mendonça said...

Fantastic series, Jack!

Kay said...

Great shots; wonderful to see these in a series like this. It looks as if you shared the views with plenty of other people. Is it safe to say that tourism is alive and well in Russia these days?

Joan Perry said...

What incredible buildings!