Tuesday 8 December 2009

Yaroslavl, Russia

This card from Russia was sent to me recently in an envelope so there is no postmark and I seem to have mislaid the cover.
Elijah the Prophet Church
Fragment: Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral
Eglise de Prophète Ilia
Détail: cathédrale de la Transfiguration du Saveur.

I've included the French version which does translate the Spaso-Preobrazhensky into something I understand.  I don't know why the English equivalent wasn't used.

The original building on the site dated back to the 13th century, but the main building now is the cathedral of St Saviour (Spassky) Monastery, dating from 1506.  In 1787 the mastery was closed and converted into a residence for the bishops.  The whole of the old city, which includes several Russian Orthodox Churches, is included on the Unesco World Heritage Site list.

Another point of interest about Yaroslavl is that Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space was born in a nearby village and went to school in the city.
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  1. I love the onion domes. I did spend one whole day in St. Petersburg, Russia once, on a cruise, and it was such a thrill!

  2. Yes, I love them too. St Petersburg is somewhere I have high up on my must visit list, but there are so many others too.


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