Thursday, 5 May 2011

Shrine of Lady Tikhvin

As promised, here are some pictures of the whole church from Tuesday's post.
This church, the Shrine of Lady Tikhvin, was built in 1911. It was a church of the Old Believers, a community of religious people that follow the older traditions of Russian Orthodoxy. As with many other churches during Soviet times, it was closed, and temporarily used a banquet hall. In 2003 it was bought by a wealthy businessman who wanted to turn it into a museum, but the Church was opposed to that, they wanted it restored to it's proper use. There were legal battles, but it seems as if no one has won, judging from the state of disrepair this poor building is in...
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