Merry Christmas Traditional Christmas isn’t actually celebrated on the 25th of December in Russia. Here the Russian Orthodox Church follows the old “Julian” calendar, this means Christmas falls on January 7th. What is wonderful about the celebration here is that they practice what is called “Advent”, which starts four Sundays before Christmas. If you are … More Merry Christmas from “Life in Russia”
Life in Cameroon The Family The extended family is the focus of the social system. It is the extended family and includes grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. Members of the extended family are considered as close as the nuclear family is in the West. Family obligations take precedence over pretty much everything else in life. … More Mirror Reflections – Cameroon & Russia
I would like to preface this post by saying that I’m not trying espouse any political agenda nor state my own religious beliefs with the following article. What I did find fascinating is the idea that a country’s values can change and swing to polar opposites as can be seen here. I’m also betting that … More Quietly in Russia “God” Speaks
America and Russia Similarities Both countries are multi-ethnic, continental, great powers, expansionist, tamed a wilderness, and settled by a variety of diverse groups. Both regard themselves as chosen nations with a messianic mission, destined to bring their own versions of enlightenment to less fortunate people, They are both Nuclear powers. The countries both think BIG, … More Russian / American Cultural Contrasts
1. St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow (Russia) The most famous in Moscow is no doubt St. Basil’s Cathedral located in the Red Square and built in the geometric centre of Moscow. This unique structure is striking in its beauty and vivid colours, with no analogues in Russian architecture. St. Basil’s Cathedral was built in 1554 by the … More Moscow’s Ten most Beautiful Churches
Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River. Completed in 1949, it was designed using the Gothic revival style of architecture. The supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary to a deaf-mute, who suddenly was able to speak after seeing a silhouette while illuminated by lightning, inspired the building … More Mirror Reflections – Columbia & Russia
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.
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.