GaryM Documents (2 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2011-04-08)
Malcolm Zvenigorod (40 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2010-10-13) The historic 12th century town of Zvenigorod is situated about 50km west of Moscow on the banks of the Moscow River, the journey by train from Belorussky Vokzal takes about 90 minutes. The small Uspensky Cathedral dates from 1398 and the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery from about the same time. Within the Monastery is the Rozhdestvensky Cathedral and a belfy and clocktower complex. A mile to the north of the Monastery, along a country lane, is the shrine of Saint Savva, where he lived in a cave. There is also a Holy Water spring where Russians queue up to fill enormous bottles.
Malcolm New Jerusalem (35 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2010-10-11) The Voskresensky Monastery or New Jerusalem is located in the town of Istra, about 40 km west of Moscow. Founded by Patriarch Nikon in 1656, it was badly damaged by the retreating German army during WW2 who blew up the bell tower and destroyed the great windowed dome of the Cathedral to stop the Russians using it as a vantage point due to it's commanding view across the surrounding countryside. The Dome has been re-built and the Cathedral will eventually be restored to its former glory now that the Russian government have allocated 20 billion roubles for the work to be completed.
Well worth a visit if you have time.
secddan Nizhny Novgorod in April (8 Photos, 1 Comment : Last updated 2010-10-07) Some images of my trip last April to see my GF in her city of Nizhny Novgorod.
dave_m Wedding 31/07/2010 (8 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2010-08-05) Some initial photos from our wedding last Saturday