Church of the Trinity in Valday, a small city 140 km south of Veliky Novgorod. The church was built in 1744 and survived the Soviet era, but this aside, there is little remarkable about it, whether it be about its history or design. Most people come to Valday either to relax in the surrounding Valday Hills, of great natural beauty, or visit the Iversky monastery, founded in the 17th century by the famous patriarch Nikon, the one who caused the Schism within the Russian church. Back in 2006 the monastery was a total mess as they were tearing everything down, but now it has been almost fully restored.
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Uhu (8363) 2009-04-05 2:53
I was in Valday several times, but never seen this little thing. Very nice one, and restored, which is good also.
Very good photo - and informative note!
fanni (14250) 2009-04-06 14:32
although I am not a fan of Russian Orthodox architecture, I find this shot very good, both composition-wise and colour-wise. Very good POV which shows the church from a very beautiful side. I like the pink colour of the church against the greyish-blue sky. Very effective. And I also like the natural colours, in general, and deep contrast.
Best wishes from Moscow,