My Russian Experiences

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    This 12th century church has some well preserved frescoes and has a very peaceful atmosphere.....



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    A Second Few Days in the Golden Ring

    We visited the town of Sergiev Posad on our second trip to the Golden Ring, it's a small town 70Km north west of Moscow, we travelled there by train changing in Moscow, it's about a 7 hour trip.

    One of the highlights of our time here was the Trinity Lavra, which is an amazingly beautiful monastery, we were overwhelmed both with the size and beauty of the place with many churches in it's grounds.
    It's visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists daily, we went twice, the day we arrived it was drizzling andvirtually deserted, the second time on our last day when the sun came out the place became packed...

    The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius (Russian: Тро́ице-Се́ргиева Ла́вра) is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. The monastery is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km to the north-east from Moscow by the road leading to Yaroslavl, and currently is home to over 300 monks.

    The monastery was founded in 1337 by one of the most venerated Russian saints, Sergius of Radonezh, who built a wooden church in honour of the Holy Trinity on Makovets Hill. Early development of the monastic community is well documented in contemporary lives of Sergius and his disciples.

    In 1355, Sergius introduced a charter which required the construction of auxiliary buildings, such as refectory, kitchen, and bakery. This charter was a model for Sergius' numerous followers who founded more than 400 cloisters all over Russia, including the celebrated Solovetsky, Kirillov, and Simonov monasteries.

    St. Sergius supported Dmitri Donskoi in his struggle against the Tatars and sent two of his monks, Peresvet and Oslyabya, to participate in the Battle of Kulikovo (1380). At the outbreak of the battle, Peresvet died in a single combat against a Tatar bogatyr. The monastery was devastated by fire, when a Tatar unit raided the area in 1408.


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    The white building above is the Assumption Cathedral built in the 16th century...


    It took 26 years to construct the six-pillared Assumption Cathedral , which was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in 1559. The cathedral is much larger than its model and namesake in the Moscow Kremlin. The magnificent iconostasis of the 16th–18th centuries features Simon Ushakov's masterpiece, the icon of Last Supper. Interior walls were painted with violet and blue frescoes by a team of Yaroslavl masters in 1684. The vault contains burials of Boris Godunov, his family and several 20th-century patriarchs.
    As the monastery grew into one of the wealthiest landowners in Russia, the woods where it had stood were cut over and a village (or posad) sprang up near the monastery walls. It gradually developed into the modern town of Sergiyev Posad. The cloister itself was a notable centre of chronicle-writing and icon painting. Just opposite the monastery walls St. Paraskeva's Convent was established, among whose buildings St. Paraskeva's Church (1547), Introduction Church (1547), and a 17th-century chapel over St. Paraskeva's well are still visible.



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    It was the lilac season and the sweet scent was everywhere....
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    ....some interior shots.....

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    Our No 16 Tram Ride
    Here are the videos of our day out on Tram No 16, it weaves it's way through the suburbs of the city some 6 miles in all, it was a dank miserable looking day, but the tram was toasty warm inside, in contrast to the near freezing temperature outside.We didn't have to wait long about 5 minutes, it was the second one to come....










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    ...............continued







    The park near the tram terminus



     
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    .......the Metro back to our local restaurant





    Some Babushkas outside the Metro station selling their produce in freezing temperatures...




    The meal several kinds of grilled meats with chips (fries)

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    @Terry Page, you see so many beautiful place, I wonder how long it would take you to become bored here in the USofA.

    Ok, ok, now don’t everyone else beat me to death. I’ve been to many places here in our great counrty, and I don’t think anyplace else can best the views America has. But I’ve never seen such elaborate old places, or the many varieties of people as Terry has shown us.

    If we got ‘em, I’d love to see ‘em.
     
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    I guess it would take another lifetime @Ina I. Wonder, I spent a month in California about 15 years ago and loved it, in fact Lisa and I were planning to come next year to visit Russian friends in Massachusetts, and tour the area, but visas to the US from Russia have been suspended until further notice :(
     
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    Great photos, Terry. Thanks agoain for sharing. Of all your Peruvian shots, your eastern European shots,and now Russia, the kone shot i like best, and I don't know why really is one of your Bohrium Cemetery photos. This one.
     

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    @Terry Page , thanks to you and Lisa for taking us along on your journeys. I hope y'all do get to visit the US sometime. I'd love to show y'all the beauty of North Carolina.
     
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    Thanks Bill I find old cemeteries fascinating places, that one in particular captivated me, maybe because it's the oldest one I have ever been to and it's position on top of a hill.
    The atmosphere was one of perfect peace and tranquillity, and the shot you picked out was taken over the wall before it had opened, with a morning mist still hanging in the air. I even use that photo plus another as wallpaper on my laptop here ;)

    This is the one I alternate it with...


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    I will let you know Shirley when these inane (maybe even insane) politicians stop behaving like spoilt children :rolleyes:
     
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    We spent a lovely day out in the snow yesterday, in fact we enjoyed it so much we will do another trip next weekend, though all the snow has gone here at the moment and it's warmer with rain [​IMG]

    Here are some pics we took of the estate we visited, it's about 30 minutes by train north of here and a vast area of with buildings in various states of disrepair, the Germans never reached it, and during Soviet times it was used as communal flats, so it is one of the very rare examples of a Manor house and estate of the 19th century, that survived.

    The estate was built by Alexey Olenin, the president of the Academy of Arts at the beginning of the 19th century. Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Vyazemsky and Vassily Zhukovsky were frequent guests here. The museum organizers carefully preserve evidences of a unique page in the history of Russian culture from the 1820s.

    Alexey Nikolaevich Olenin enjoyed the reputation of a well-rounded person. He served as the president of the Arts Academy, the first director of the Public Library, and a member of the State Council. He was not only an art connoisseur, but cared about and supported writers, poets, artists and musicians.

    Priyutino was frequented by lots of famous figures of Russian art and culture. It became the abode of exalted imaginative atmosphere of respectful and intellectual communication that was free from affectedness and hypocrisy.



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    .................... a few photos of the interior.


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    Love the snowman, @Terry Page also the pictures of you and Lisa in the snow. The building was nice, too. :D
     
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    Watch it! You're going to get your feet all wet and cold one of these days. When you can't feel your toes is the time to hunt a fire. Good photos, Mr Page.
     
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    Thank you for the photos of your journeys @Terry Page because I usely only play games I must admit I haven’t even seen this thread before
    I went right through the thread and showed hubs the photos as well ,he was impressed with the photos.
    I love seeing the old building they are so fascinating ,wonder how they managed to build such beautiful buildings without the help of machinery/ power tools / cranes they have to erect homes and multi-storey buildings now days
     
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    Here are the photos and videos of the day we spent at the Maslenitsa celebrations here yesterday, it was the first time I had been and it was much larger than I imagined, there were various events taking place over a large park on the outskirts of the city.
    It's still very much a pagan celebration and ends with a bonfire on the last day, it was gently snowing all day which added to the atmosphere. On

    Sunday a straw effigy symbolizing winter is burnt away and warmer better times are coming back
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    The videos...









     
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    A few more photos..

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    I think we could do with some colour over here Terry, everywhere you've been is very colourful
    I mean take the Houses of Parliament - drab or what ! :p
     
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    A winter barbecue @Terry Page....those are my kind of people! :D
     
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    Wonderful pictures and video's @Terry Page.

    What is the purpose of the dolls? At least, I think they are dolls.


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    The dolls represent Lady Maslenitsa the pagan image of winter @Shirley Martin, and the burning ceremony on the last day of the weeks celebrations (Sunday) symbolises rebirth and the coming of spring. Since the Christians embraced the ceremony, it has moved to representing a rebirth of the soul, letting go of past burdens.

    Here is a photo of the burning of a full sized doll in St.Petersburg......

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