The Cathedrals of Russia

The Cathedrals of Russia

          It is exciting to think that the Russian Federation may soon have closer and more friendly ties with the rest of the world, particularly the western world and most particularly with the United States.  Having traveled Russia from north to south and west to east, I’ve had the opportunity to interact and meet with many folks throughout Russia and I can tell you, they are friendly, welcoming and anxious to get to know us.  I also noticed an awful lot of capitalism going on in Russia as well as a vibrant culture of Christian faith, both of which would have been impossible during ‘soviet times’.

St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow, Russia

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow, Russia

          Perhaps the most iconic landmark in all of Russia is Moscow’s onion domed St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square.  But did you know that the adjacent Kremlin, the seat of the Russian government, contains four beautiful cathedrals?  Quite often, the most important landmarks for tourists to visit in each Russian city are the cathedrals.  These cathedrals are open and free for anyone to visit and are usually packed with parishioners who stand rather than sit in pews.  It is a moving experience to rub shoulders with other Christians amid the splendor of magnificent artwork while the beautiful music of live choirs echoes throughout these architectural treasures.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

          Other than the few remaining busts of Lenin, usually splattered with pigeon droppings, there are few vestiges of Russia’s sad dalliance with the Bolsheviks.  Even the mortal remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, who were brutally murdered in Ekaterinburg on July 17, 1918, enjoy a renewed reverence in Russia.  Their mortal remains were removed and interred in the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg eighty years to the day after their murder.  A visit to Russia should be on everyone’s bucket list and the cathedrals throughout this beautiful country are a must see. 

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia

 A Glimpse Inside Russian Cathedrals  

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