April 28, 2008

Orthodox Easter Monday

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 8:30 pm by Jenn

Today was a Holiday for Orthodox Easter Monday.  I had lunch with some friends and then spent the rest of the afternoon photographing various churches around Minsk.  Here are a few of the better pictures of the day.

 This is an old Russian Orthodox Church near the Old Town and Town Hall.  The church is called Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.  It’s a beautiful church and was built from 1642-87.  The church has withstood time and two wars.

     This is the Russian Orthodox church of St. Mary Magdeline.  It is very near the embassy and I could smell the bread baking at the Bread Factory No 2. which is right next door.  The church is beautiful with ornate gold and black roofing.  The grounds are beautiful with tulips and water fountains.

          This is a very popular church for wedding photographs.  All most every weekend when the weather is nice you will see many brides here getting their picture taken.  I’m not sure if they are actually married here but they definitely use the beauty of the church for photographs.  Today we were lucky enough to hear the bells ring 6pm and were pleasantly surprised to see that the bells are actually operated by a human bell ringer.  This is the orthodox Church of the Protection of the Holy Virgin.  It is a beautiful church and sits right off of the main road…also at the beginning of the road to Luka’s house!  You can see the big barrier off in the distance!  This is also one of the prettiest areas of the city.   The curbs are painted bright white, the park is well manicured and there is no trash or graffiti in sight.  Of course the rest of the city is pretty clean, but this area is noticeably “cleaner”.



1 Comment »

  1. Pam said,

    Jenn, you are truely Blessed to be experiencing all of this. The pictures are just beautiful. You may have another career in the making – photography. I miss you very much. Tell Scott that Darion and I said hi.


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