Situated just south of the Moscow Kremlin is the Holy Protection Cathedral at the Saints Martha and Mary Convent. Built between 1908 and 1912 by the Russian architect Aleksei Viktorovich Shchusev (1873-1949), is considered one of Russia's most remarkable examples of Art Nouveau style.  This monastery was established by Grand Duchess Elizabeth after the assassination of her husband Grand Duke Sergei.  The Grand Duchess became mother superior and the order served the sick and poor.

Situated just south of the Moscow Kremlin is the Holy Protection Cathedral at the Saints Martha and Mary Convent. Built between 1908 and 1912 by the Russian architect Aleksei Viktorovich Shchusev (1873-1949), is considered one of Russia's most remarkable examples of Art Nouveau style. This monastery was established by Grand Duchess Elizabeth after the assassination of her husband Grand Duke Sergei. The Grand Duchess became mother superior and the order served the sick and poor.

The Vladimir Mother of God Church in St. Petersburg was opened in 1783.  It is a beautiful blending of baroque and classical elements.  After the Russian Revolution, the church was closed and became a library of anti-religious literature.  Interesting enough, from 1930 to 1940, it was one of the few places in Soviet Russia where one could read the Bible.  Since 1991, the church has been returned to the Russian Orthodox Church.  It has a magnificent baroque iconostasis that has survived.

The Vladimir Mother of God Church in St. Petersburg was opened in 1783. It is a beautiful blending of baroque and classical elements. After the Russian Revolution, the church was closed and became a library of anti-religious literature. Interesting enough, from 1930 to 1940, it was one of the few places in Soviet Russia where one could read the Bible. Since 1991, the church has been returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. It has a magnificent baroque iconostasis that has survived.

12 Great and Overlooked Russian Novels From The Last 100 Years

12 Great and Overlooked Russian Novels From The Last 100 Years

From fantasy, science fiction, to political satire, here are 12 contemporary Russian novels from the the post-Soviet literary scene that every literature lover should read.

The new Faberge Museum will open in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka in St. Petersburg on November 19, 2013.   Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg’s rare collection of works by tsarist jewelry maker the House of Faberge will go on permanent display in St. Petersburg.

The new Faberge Museum will open in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka in St. Petersburg on November 19, 2013. Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg’s rare collection of works by tsarist jewelry maker the House of Faberge will go on permanent display in St. Petersburg.

Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, or Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy in the Possession of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna(Russian: Марфо-Мариинская обитель, Марфо-Мариинская обитель милосердия во владении великой княгини Елизаветы Фёдоровны) is a female convent in Moscow.

Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, or Martha and Mary Convent of Mercy in the Possession of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna(Russian: Марфо-Мариинская обитель, Марфо-Мариинская обитель милосердия во владении великой княгини Елизаветы Фёдоровны) is a female convent in Moscow.

The Novocherkassk Army Assumption Cathedral of the Don Cossacks of southern Russia

The Novocherkassk Army Assumption Cathedral of the Don Cossacks of southern Russia

Yelokhovo Cathedral // Russia

Yelokhovo Cathedral // Russia

The Holy Russian Martyrs Church in Alapaevsk After the Russian Revolution, all the remaining members of the Royal Family were sent to Alapayevsk and were accommodated in a so-called Napolnaya School. When in summer 1918 the attack of Admiral Kolchak began, they were on horse cars to the Mezhnaya station and were thrown into a mineshaft. At the place of their death, the Monastery in the name of all the New Russian Martyrs was built.

The Holy Russian Martyrs Church in Alapaevsk After the Russian Revolution, all the remaining members of the Royal Family were sent to Alapayevsk and were accommodated in a so-called Napolnaya School. When in summer 1918 the attack of Admiral Kolchak began, they were on horse cars to the Mezhnaya station and were thrown into a mineshaft. At the place of their death, the Monastery in the name of all the New Russian Martyrs was built.

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