Friday, April 28, 2017
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin
ul. Kirova, 102, Ufa, Respublika Bashkortostan, Russia, 450078
photo of this church on my Instagram and a friend mentioned that it used to be a movie theater in Soviet times! How cool is that? If you aren't familiar with Soviet history or communism then it doesn't make sense why this church would be converted into a movie theater, but practicing any religion was illegal during that time. Only recently has the Russian Orthodox church been working to reclaim its confiscated churches. I did a little research in order to find out more and found this article (in Russian) and I came across this picture of the church before there were apartments next to it. You can see the apartments in the second to last photo.
abandoned buildings. I try to imagine what it was like to be in that place in the past. It was cold that day, and it was Easter so there were a lot of people walking around. I felt kind of weird being there, so I didn't manage to get my close-up photos of it. Maybe before I leave I'll take a look inside. It's unfortunate that many churches don't allow you to take photos inside.