Stann Creek, Belize The ancient Maya were the first to inhabit the Stann Creek Belize district, and it is believed that they flourished in the region around the year 800 AD. Should you head a bit south of Dangriga, you’ll find the impressive Maya ruins of Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun. The Maya here made … More Mirror Reflections – Belize & Russia
This shot captures both the mill and windmill. I had seen several windmills in other place within Tatarstan, but this is the first I have photographed. At first I thought it a bit unusual but realized the building of these windmill could have been influenced by other cultures or maybe even the other way around. … More The Windmill
Inside the Uspenskaya Church there was a collection of Tea Servers. We love our tea here in Russia.
This was from inside the East mausoleum looking towards the Healer’s Home.
I think I walked around the grounds of this ancient city looking for the right place to get this shot. It captures most of them.
According legend, The Black House was the court building. The decisions of the court were carried out by the Khan at the time along with three judges. The Khan always entered the building from the west and the others entered through their own special doors. However, there is another thought about the function of the … More The Black Chamber
I learned after taking this picture that the builders of this ancient city would cross the Volga River to quarry stone and return to build the magnificent buildings they built throughout the city. What amazed me was the color of the stone. In my travels across the U.S. there are many areas that have this … More Stone Quarry across the Volga River
As you walk by the colonnade of columns which holds up the roof to the Museum of the Healer’s house and Handicraft workshops, you will cross over and under the beautiful glass roof that acts as a canopy for the Khan’s Palace. When you are under this canopy looking north you will see the cliffs … More Looking north toward Khan’s Palace
We’ve all seen them, they meander through many cities, towns, and villages. This one either leads you out of or into the area of the ancient town of Bolgar. These roads always capture our imaginations. They can be romantic and even adventurous they like to speak silent words of encouragement come ride on me, I’ll … More A country road in Bolgar
Deep in the cradle of Islam, an Orthodox Church was also built, it’s foundation was constructed from the grave stones taken from the ancient Bolgar monuments and tombs.
I took a bit of license with this photo. I wanted to capture what it might have felt like in years gone past. Here’s a bit of information on both. According to legend, the minor minaret was built in the burial place of the “Bolgar Saints”. The upper platform of the minaret contains a spiral … More The Minor Minaret & The Khan’s Mausoleum
When you are standing in the area where the Congregational Mosque was once built every building could be seen from this platform, the East Mausoleum being one of them. This mausoleum contains a tomb of Bolgar nobility, crowned by a traditional Eastern tent style roof. Inside the 700 year old building is an exhibit displaying … More The East Mausoleum (Church of St. Nicholas)
When I stepped into the church and looked up into the dome area. Seeing the windows and the light coming through I wanted to capture the beauty of the simplicity of the window itself.
This is the Museum for the Ancient City of Bolgar,
This is the ancient city of Bolgar, which lies within the Tatarstan Republic.