St Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod was built in year 1054; it's a best-preserved building of XI century in Europe (meaning that it looks more or less the same as it looked 900 years ago) and oldest building in Russia.
As all Catholic world was reversing and looking at Rome, and it's magnificent buildings and basilicas, also all Orthodox world was referencing to the Byzantic Empire and it's famous capital, Constantinople, with it's untouched Roman ancestry and some new buildings.
Thus St Sophia in Constantinople was an example to all Orthodox architects - especially in newly converted to the Christianity Ancient Rus. White cathedrals were erected, one in Kiev - St Sophia of Kiev, and another in Novgorod - St Sophia of Novgorod. Later St Sophia of Polotzk in the Western Rus was built; and after that Rus found it's own aspects of Christianity, and main dedication of the churches for hundreds of years become the Repose of the Virgin, St Nicola the Thaumaturge and Transfiguration of Christ.
New St Sophia was built only in 1550-s, in Vologda, by Ivan the Terrible, in years when Byzantic Empire downfalled under Muslim strokes and Russia, now huge, powerful country on it's way to the it's own Empire becomes it's spiritual heir, as one and only independent Orthodox country in the world.
Weather during that photo was so nasty that I decided to make it black/white.
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fanni (14381) 2009-10-07 0:23
и правильно сделали, что переконвертировали в ч.б, хоть для природы более естественны разноцветные краски :)
но тут дело в другом совсем. Мрачноватое средневековье проглядывает сквозь оболочку сего грандиозного культового сооружения!
Фото разные нужны. Фото разные важны. Вот!
:-) All the best!