Friday, November 16, 2007

Resources for the "Giant Samovar"

Here's a terrific site dedicated to the Church of Christ the Savior, the outsized, horizon-dominating tribute to the Russian victory over Napoleon that was born on the Christmas after l8l2, finished in l883, blown up in l931, and resurrected between roughly l987 and l997. It has had quite an eventful life, I think you will agree. But what else would you expect from a Russian church?

I had forgotten about this one until just now, when it popped up on my bookmarks just above the previous site. You should absolutely go there, too, because the authors give you the entire history of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia, lavishly illustrated, plus a lot of contemporary material, including an icon/portrait of the martyred Nicholas II and family, who are now among the "new martyrs"--victims of Communist tyranny--of the Russian Orthodox church.

1 comment:

TomCat said...

Well, I'd cdertainly rather visit the church that have to take your midterm. ;-)