Views. Everybody loves them! There is something special about seeing a landscape from above, admiring how small and model-like it looks. And, cities are no exception. Whenever you visit a city, it’s always a challenge to try and find the best view to get that ‘wow’ feeling, to snap away at photos and gaze below to […]
Okay, I’ve been home for over three months now so it’s about time I wrote my final New Zealand post! On our last full day in New Zealand, we decided to actually stay in Auckland. It also turned out to be the only day of our entire stay that we had rain! Oh well We […]
When burials in central Moscow were banned after the 1771 plague, the Donskoy Monastery became a graveyard for the nobility, and it is littered with elaborate tombs and chapels.
Seven Orthodox cemeteries were established around the city, and the Donskoy Cemetery became the most prestigious. Among the great families that began to use the cemetery were the princes Golitsyn and Zubov, who built private chapels – the Alexander Svirsky Church and the Archangel Church respectively – within the grounds of the monastery.
The monastery’s hospital became the city’s first crematorium, and a branch of the Shchusev Architectural Museum was established at the monastery to house (in semi-secret) sculptures and ornaments from destroyed churches.
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