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Rostov Boris and Gleb Monastery, founded in 1363, is an Orthodox monastery located in the village of Borisoglebsky in the Yaroslavl region, on the road from Rostov to Uglich, 76 km south-west of Yaroslavl, part of the famous tourist route “The Golden Ring of Russia”.

The architectural complex of the monastery was fully formed in the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was one of the richest in the Rostov metropolia, while the Moscow princes and the first Russian tsars considered it as their “home” monastery. After the 17th century, the architectural ensemble remained almost unchanged. Rostov Boris and Gleb Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Mikhail Aritkin.

Rostov Boris and Gleb Monastery, Russia, photo 1

picturesque old monastery

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Aug/18

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New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra

The Resurrection Monastery or New Jerusalem Monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church is located in the town of Istra in the Moscow region, 73 km north-west of Moscow.

The monastery was founded by Patriarch Nikon in 1656. According to his plan, a complex of holy places of Palestine was to be recreated near Moscow. The New Jerusalem Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Mikhail Aritkin.

New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra, Russia, photo 1

amazing monastery

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The Holy Trinity Convent in Murom, one of the oldest cities in Russia located in the Vladimir region, 129 km southeast of Vladimir, is known for preserving the relics of St. Peter and Fevronia, who are revered in the country as patrons of the family and marriage.

It was founded in the second quarter of the 17th century (1643) by the Murom merchant Tarasy Borisovich Tsvetnov. Holy Trinity Convent in Murom on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Holy Trinity Convent in Murom, Russia, photo 1

fly over the convent

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Jul/18

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Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma

The Holy Trinity Ipatiev Monastery is located in the western part of Kostroma on the bank of the river of the same name near its confluence in the Volga. It is considered one of the symbols of the city.

The monastery was first mentioned in written sources in 1432. Although, it was founded about 100 years earlier. The compositional center of the monastery is the monumental five-domed Trinity Cathedral (1650-1652). Ipatiev Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Eduard Skvortsov.

Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma, Russia, photo 1

very picturesque monastery

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May/18

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Kazan Convent in Vyshny Volochyok

Vyshny Volochyok is a town with a population of about 47 thousand people located in the Tver region, 136 km north-west of Tver.

One of the attractions of Vyshny Volochyok is the Kazan Convent – an Orthodox female monastery of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God founded in 1881 and located on the eastern outskirts of the town. Kazan Convent in Vyshny Volochyok on Google Maps. Photos by: Mikhail Aritkin.

Kazan Convent in Vyshny Volochyok, Russia, photo 1

picturesque convent

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Apr/18

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Shamordino Convent in the Kaluga region

Kazanskaya Amvrosiyevskaya Pustyn’ (unofficially the Shamordino Convent), founded in 1884, is a beautiful nunnery of the Russian Orthodox Church located in a picturesque place near the village of Shamordino in the Kaluga region, 65 km south-west of Kaluga.

The greatest flourishing of the nunnery took place at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1918, there were more than 800 sisters, an almshouse, a hospital, a shelter for orphans here. The Shamordino Convent on Google Maps. Photos by: Alexander Lipilin.

Shamordino Convent in the Kaluga region, Russia, photo 1

walk around the nunnery

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The Republic of Kalmykia is located in the extreme south-east of the European part of Russia. The present culture of Kalmykia is closely connected with the culture of the Kalmyk people – the only people in Europe traditionally professing Buddhism.

“The Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha”, located in the center of Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, is the largest Buddhist temple in the republic and one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe. Photos by: Vladimir Mulder.

beautiful Buddhist temple

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Marfo-Mariinsky Convent of Mercy of the Russian Orthodox Church was founded by Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia in Moscow in 1909. Today, it is located in the center of the city on Bol’shaya Ordynka Street, 34.

The main attraction of the convent is the Intercession Cathedral built by the famous architect Alexey Shchusev in 1908-1912. This is a unique example of the Neo-Russian style in church architecture. Marfo-Mariinsky Convent on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

Marfo-Mariinsky Convent in Moscow, Russia, photo 1

majestic church

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Jan/18

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Soviet anti-religious propaganda posters

Atheism, as a worldview denying religion, without being formally declared in the USSR as an element of state ideology, was actively supported by the Communist Party and state bodies until 1988.

Propaganda was actively used for these purposes. Here are examples of anti-religious posters that you could see in the times of the USSR.

1. There is no God!

Soviet anti-religious propaganda, poster 1

religion is poison?

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Novotroitskoye is a small village with a population of about 150 people located in the Dolgorukovskiy district of the Lipetsk region.

The main attraction of the village is the ensemble of the Church of the Holy Life-Giving Trinity built on the means of Major-General Petr Andrianovich Pozdnyakov, the owner of the village, in 1809-1819. Novotroitskoye on Google Maps. Photos by: Vadim Razumov.

Trinity Church in Novotroitskoye, Lipetsk region, Russia, photo 1

beautiful church

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