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TSARSKOÏE SELO, outside St. Petersburg in Pushkin

IZMAYLOVO KREMLIN, MOSCOW, RUSSIA ~~ Izmaylovo is a part of Moscow and anther Kremlin that less known that Kremlin in The Red Square. It is the historical part of Moscow known since 1389. It has been the patrimony of The Romanovs starting the time of Tsar Ivan IV The Terrible, as The Romanovs were the family of his beloved wife Anastasia.

Flyonovo village, Smolensk oblast, Russia view 7

Russia--Interesting juxtaposition of chic and shabby. Very much representative of what I saw when I visited.

The Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, Russia

Abandoned church ~ much love had to have gone into the building of this magnificent little structure ~

Igumnov House (a detail) is a historic house of ancient Rus style and is the residence of the French Ambassador to Russia.It was built in 1883-1893 by Nikolay Pozdeyev and cost the architect his life. In 1880 Nikolay Igumnov hired Nikolay Pozdeyev to rebuild his mansion into a larger residence but constantly put changes into the work of architect. The house became a target of art critics so Igumnov refused to pay overcosts to Pozdeyev; ruined architect committed suicide in October 1893.

New Liturgical Movement: Architectural Imagination: Russian Churches