Friday, May 5, 2017

Churches of Ufa V.2

I had great intentions of editing a bunch of photos the last two days, but I ended up wasting my Wednesday (and a dinner with Elizabeth that wasn't a waste) and running errands all day on Thursday that I wasn't able to get around to it. I just happened to find the photos from these two churches when I was going through photos to find one of myself to send my friend Katy for a guest post. Ironically, she's a Christian blogger. It's like a sign from God. :) I was surprised that I hadn't posted these yet because I was certain I had already posted all my old photos.

These photos are from last June after Elizabeth and I went to the abandoned town of Novoaleksandrova. (Side note: I know it's been a while since I posted anything abandoned but I have plans for visiting a place on Monday, so get ready.) Since we didn't spend much time at Novoaleksandrovka, because we were not dressed appropriately for getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, I suggested we go to this church since it was on the way back. I had seen the first church a few months earlier when A and I were waiting on the tram. I remember seeing the dome glistening in the light and making a mental note to myself that I had to go there.

Resurrection of Christ Cathedral | Воскресения Христова Собор
Комсомольская, 161 к1

This church isn't as beautiful as the other ones I've seen, but, like I mentioned a million other times, I love finding something in the city that I've never seen before. It's like a giant scavenger hunt. Before Elizabeth and I visited it I made an attempt to visit this church by myself a few weeks earlier. I remember it was a beautiful day and I decided to walk to it wearing shoes I hadn't worn all winter. Well, it's about an hour walk from my house, and by the time I got to a park near the cathedral my feet were covered in blisters, and I felt so dehydrated. I'm not joking about the blisters either. These weren't good walking shoes. I decided to stop into a grocery store to get a drink, take a break, go quickly to the church, and take the bus home. Then, as I went to grab my wallet to pay for my drink, I realized I left my wallet at my house. I was so mad both because I could barely walk at this point, my feet were in so much pain, and I just needed water. On top of that, it looked like it was going to rain. So, long story short, I didn't see the church that day, but I did somehow manage to make it all the way home where I couldn't walk for the rest of the day.

Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Mephodiy Church | Храм Святых равноапостольных Кирилла и Мефодия
Комсомольская, 161а

I don't think this building is technically a church. According to their VK page, it is a place for the youth of the Orthodox church. That could be completely wrong. I'm definitely not fluent in Russian. Regardless, I didn't know it existed until we walked past it to see the other church, but I couldn't help but obsess over how cute and small it was. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I managed to get because it was really sunny that day. The place also wasn't super photogenic.

I'm going to try to make a post about the mosques here in Ufa, but I can't make any promises. There is just so much I need to do before I leave!

6 comments

  1. Love the dome on this one! Also love that turquoise color so much right now.

    Just take all the pictures of the mosques and share when you get back to America.

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    1. Yeah, I just never go to other parts of the city. I really need to just take a day and walk all over.

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  2. A post about the mosques in Ufa would be incredible, but no pressure! I just went to the St. Petersburg mosque, and it was quite interesting since I had never been in one.

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    1. I didn't even know they had mosques in St. Petersburg!

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  3. Your church photos are my favorite! I'm not at all religious but I love beautiful churches, especially the Russian-style ones :)

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    1. I don't think anyone can hate the Russian orthodox churches!

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