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Russia has gone through a religion upheaval over the past century – from one extreme to the next. Learn all about it and the state of religion in Russia in today.

The population of Russia sits well over 142,000,000 people. Of that population, there are five “traditional” religious groups. These include Christians, Muslims, and Jewish people. While it’s recognized as a multi-faith nation today, religion in Russia hasn’t always been so free.

Russian religion has historically waxed and waned according to the political structures of the time. It’s a complex history that anybody interested in Russia should know more about. Whether you’re a history buff or a general fact fanatic, the facts surrounding religion in Russia make for an incredible story. Keep reading to learn more.

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The Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo is an Orthodox church located in Basmanny District of Moscow (Spartakovskaya Street, 15). It was built by the architect Evgraf Tyurin in 1835-1845. In the area of the cathedral, there was previously the village of Yelokhovo, which became part of Moscow in the 18th century.

The cathedral was constructed in the late Empire style with a dome rotunda in the center, with some features imitating the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The height of the cathedral is 56 meters, area – 1,164 square meters, capacity – 3,000 people. Today, it is one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in Moscow. The Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

The Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo, Moscow, Russia, photo 1

magnificent church

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary (1901-1911) is a neo-Gothic church located in Moscow (Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, 27/13).

It is the largest Catholic cathedral in Russia and one of the three currently functioning Catholic churches in Moscow, along with the Church of St. Louis of the French (Malaya Lubyanka, 12/7, str. 8) and the Church of St. Olga of the Roman (Lyublino District, Proyezd Kirova, 6).

The Largest Catholic Cathedral in Russia, photo 1

picturesque Catholic church

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Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery, founded in 1479, is an Orthodox monastery located in the village of Teryayevo in the north of the Moscow region, about 25 km north-east of the town of Volokolamsk.

In the 15th century, the first stone cathedral was built. In 1688-1696, a new church was built in its place in the style of Moscow Baroque – the cathedral church of the Assumption of the Mother of God. Most of the preserved buildings date back to the 16th-17th centuries. Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

Joseph Volokolamsk Monastery in Teryayevo, Moscow region, Russia, photo 1

picturesque monastery

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Feb/19

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Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933)

The following book “Anti-Religious Alphabet” was published in Leningrad in 1933. The author of the pictures was Mikhail Mikhailovich Cheremnykh (1890-1962) – a Soviet graphic artist, cartoonist, book illustrator.

Each word in the poetic phrases accompanying the pictures begins with the corresponding letter of the Russian alphabet. Translation gives just a general meaning of these short phrases, but of course, if you know Russian, then this historical document is especially interesting. However, the illustrations themselves give some insight into the attitude to religion during the first decades of the Soviet regime. Source

1. Anti-Religious Alphabet.

Soviet Anti-Religious Alphabet (1933), picture 1

godless ABC

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Sep/18

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St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery

Nativity of the Virgin St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery is located on the outskirts of the town of Borovsk in the Kaluga region, about 90 km north of Kaluga and 100 km south-west of Moscow.

The monastery was founded by the monk Paphnutius of Borovsk in 1444. In the 16th century, the monastery was surrounded by stone walls and fortifications, it turned into a strong border fortress. St. Paphnutius of Borovsk Monastery on Google Maps. Photos by: Vladimir Dar.

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very picturesque monastery

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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.

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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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