Wow, Marilyn, you've been to some interesting places on that trip in Russia! Thanks for posting these.
To have wandered Kizhi Island with you, looking in the windows, looking out the doors, knocking on the timbers and wondering about the lives that were lived here, I gradually built up a mental map of the island.
Then I have sought to imagine the waves of history that ebbed and flowed across this community, sometimes like a gentle tide rising and receding according to predictable pattern and at other times unpredictable and devastatingly violent, storm surges and tsunamis.
Did the commitment to hospitality protect the community here often, and how often were they abused because of their hospitality?
And while all this imagery some marvellously visual and much vague and yet embryonic thoughts, you hastened me to St Kirill.
And here I am, just stunned and not a single person wanders into the courtyard. No one has paced the cloisters, no sound has come from the octagonal tower.
I sense you standing there with your camera only a few paces away, behind me and to my left. And I beckon and you have come and we just look in silence ---- for now.
Marilyn, your pictures of Rusia are great. Thank your for sharing them.
Have a nice weekend Marilyn, greetings, Jacques
Many thanks, Justin, Ian, and Jacques.
It is very interesting to visit the monasteries of Russia. In North America, some religious orders now have only a very few members, and most of them are quite old. In Russia it is quite different. Monks, both male and female (because "monk" is the proper term for both), are generally young, and in some cases are working hard at the restoration of monasteries that had been closed during the Soviet period, and are also doing active work in their communities.
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Photo taken in Kirillov, Vologda Oblast, Russia
Misplaced? Suggest new location