Tag: Orthodoxy

Attacks from All Sides: The Dissidence to Brezhnev’s Soviet Union

Under Khrushchev, Soviets were allowed to criticize their political leaders as a certain amount of free speech was allowed. Deeply departing the days of terror under Stalin, Khrushchev’s leadership did not go after people whose actions did not threaten the state, allowing a greater expression of artistic and intellectual criticisms of the state. The arrival … Continue reading Attacks from All Sides: The Dissidence to Brezhnev’s Soviet Union

Only Known as ‘Soviets’

A question that has come to mind after reading some of the aftermath effects of the Soviets coming into power, is was the revolution truly worth it and were the people ultimately happier with the Soviets than a tsar? Prior to Soviet power, Russia would have seen moderate changes with the succession of tsars, but […]

Overthrow of Orthodoxy

The revolutions of 1917 were an especially traumatizing time for the Russian Orthodox Church that was historically closely tied with the Autocracy.  During the reign of the Tsarist regime the Church had a monopoly on religion in the Russian Empire, as the state religion the Church did not have to worry about losing its power […]

Old Church, New Century

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. General View of the [Nikolaevskii] Cathedral from Southwest, 1911. Digital color rendering. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-04438 (53) In the small town of Mozhaisk, west of Moscow, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas towers over … Continue reading

Meaning behind Saint Basil’s Cathedral

This photo is the original architecture of Saint basil’s cathedral. It is a church located in Red Square in Moscow, Russia.  It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. It was the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.  History: St. Basil’s was built to commemorate […]

Cathedral of the Nativity

This picture was taken in 1912 by the Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. The picture is of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, which is located in the town of Suzdal in Vladimir Oblast, Russia. The history in Suzdal dates back to 1024, making Suzdal one of the oldest Russian towns.  At one point […]

Stolbny Island

This picture, taken in 1910 by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, shows the Nilova Pustyn Monastery located on Stolbny Island.  The Island was settled in 1628 by Nil Selbensky after he was instructed in a dream to do so.  There are also many other churches and cathedrals on the Island including the Vsekhsvyatitelskaya built in 1701, the Nil […]