On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Origuy.

Here’s the second part of my pictures from Russia.

Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

The gate to the monastery. The monastery was founded in 1337. In the 1550s, the wooden palisade surrounding it was replaced by stone walls.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

A portion of the walls of the entrance, which was covered with paintings.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

The Trinity Cathedral, which is the main of at least three cathedrals, on the left. It was completed in 1423. It’s full of icons, including many by the famous painter Andrei Rublev. As you can see, even in March there was a long line to get in. Many Russian and foreign tourists, of course, but also many pilgrims.
No photos allowed inside, but you can see a lot at <a href=”http://www.stsl.ru/about_lavra/”>
the monastery website.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

Inside one of the buildings was a series of small shops, where you could buy souvenirs and gifts, of course, but also robes, chalices, and everything else you’d need to outfit your own Orthodox church. We were especially interested in the crowns. Nobody objected when we tried them on.



Taken on 2012-03-10 00:00:00

Sergeiev Posad, Russia

On the way back to the train station, we encountered some locals loosing some sky lanterns. I’ve been in California too long not to be shocked at the idea of letting open flames just go off wherever, but with the amount of snow on the ground, it was probably safe.



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4 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    This is the perfect place to show your sky lantern photos.

  2. 2
    arrieve says:

    I want one of those crowns!

  3. 3
    J R in WV says:

    We do fire balloons every New Years Eve at the neighbors farm They slowly climb out of the hollow and drift in different directions depending upon their altitude, and all gently float away over the ridgetop.

    The idea of being able to start a forest fire in WV in the winter is mostly silly,, but we do take the wetness or dryness of the woods into account, being responsible hippies… If we get 15 or 20 launched, it is quite pretty.

  4. 4
    J R in WV says:


    The crowns ARE cute!! A tell of the shamanism of Russian Orthodoxy also.

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