Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Eastern churches
From a link given by Samer al-Batal back in January, Tsarist Russia in colour:

Shrine of Our Lady of Smolensk, Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Smolensk, 1912

These photos are amazing! It's like being there. Makes the period come alive, doesn't it?

I have a big copy of the Smolenskaya icon in my home chapel. Nice to see what the original looked like surrounded by baroque splendour. The shrine seems bigger than the royal doors of the church's iconostasis!

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