The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Moscow, Russia)

 

 

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is one of the most famous cathedrals and places of worship in Russia. It is located in Moscow, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. The current church is actually the second structure to stand on the site. The original church, which took more than 40 years to build, was torn down in 1931, during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. It was demolished because, at the time, they were planning on building a colossal Palace of the Soviets. The plan, however,  did not materialize, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990’s.

Visiting the numerous cathedrals that we have here in the Philippines is actually high on my wish list. I hope I get to do that very soon. Who knows, maybe, I’ll also get the opportunity to visit cathedrals around the world, too. It’s not impossible, though, right? I’m sure that it will take more than a day to appreciate everything that a grand cathedral such as The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour has to offer. I would also like to know how such a massive structure, is being maintained. I won’t be surprised to learn that those assigned to manage such an important place of worship invest in all the essential equipment that are needed in the services and other activities that they have each day such as a Handheld Wireless Microphone , strategically placed speakers and other audio/video equipment. Anyway, I will, for now, just enjoy learning more about them and look at photos or postcards, such as this one. (I am also excited about how our new parish church will look like. There’s still a long way to go, but I know that in God’s time, it will be built).

 

*Postcrossing Postcard #76 from Olga  & Pavel, a Russian couple who has recently moved to Chicago.

Icon Art: The Archangel Gabriel

The Archangel Gabriel (The Angel with the Golden Hair) 12th Tempera on panel. 49 x 38.8 cm

 

What are Icons?

Icons are one of the oldest types of Christian art, originating from eastern Orthodox Christianity. They are commonly small-scale devotional panel paintings, which usually depict Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, or, just like the sample above, angels.

Icon Art is particularly popular among Russians. Numerous schools and various styles or Icons paintings have been developed in their country alone. A great number of Icon Art collections can be found among the best art museums around the world including the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

 

 

*Postcrossing Postcard # 75 from Mila of Russia.

 

Chongqing City

Chongqing is a major city in Southwest China and is also a major manufacturing center and transportation hub. It has also been named as one of China’s emerging cities.

Chongqing City, China

 

This lovely postcard, which depicts the night time view of the city, is from Wu, a Postcrossing member from China. According to him, ‘Chongqing is built on mountains and river; modern buildings make the city more beautiful’. I have to agree that the city does look beautiful; I won’t be surprised if it is one of the major tourist destinations in China. Tourists will not run out of exciting things to do or interesting places to visit while they’re in  Chongqing. They can even try the local specialty dishes or shop for souvenirs at any of the museums that they have. I bet they won’t run out of interesting items to buy (they may even find a store where they can find the best place to find a gabor wig here). It truly is an interesting city; it should be included in every travelers’ ‘must-visit’ list.