Most Catholic churches around the world almost have the same facade, which isn’t new to church-goers. Although the architecture is beyond impressive, they still lack the vibrancy. But that doesn’t stop you from wondering how they were built in the first place.
Eastern Orthodox churches in Russia tend to deviate from the traditional exterior of most Catholic churches and went for something cooler. These churches look like you are in Disneyland or castles from fairytale books.
The most iconic Russian Orthodox church is St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, but this is just one of those churches worth checking out
1. Church of the Birth of St. John the Baptist (Chesme Church)
While tourists would first visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, the Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist is considered the most beautiful cathedral in town. It’s painted in pink and white vertical stripes, making it look like a candy cane.
2. Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church is often compared to St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square
This church though doesn’t possess the colorful exterior like the others, but the lack of loud colors makes it more interesting and a little eerie too. It was built during the 16th century with the other churches in Kizhi island, but lightning destroyed them and they were rebuilt in the 18th century.
3. Church of the Holy Igor of Chernigov, Peredelkino, Moscow
St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow may be on top of the list, but the Church of the Holy Igor of Chernigov is definitely a gorgeoous building you shouldn’t miss. You don’t see this around in Red Square as it is located about 16 miles from the heart of the city. Its ten onion domes are unbelievably colorful, not to mention the golden crosses on top of them.
4. Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Irkutsk
The city of pre-revolutionary Irkutsk on the shore of Lake Baikal in Siberia is a secluded location, but the place proudly hosts the colorful Church of Our Lady of Kazan or known as the Red Church. It took seven years to build in the Neo-Byzantine style and it opened in 1892.
5. Stroganov Church, Nizhny Novgorod
Five ornate domes stand on top of this church, which are painted in bright red and its walls and windows are decorated in a Strogonov baroque style. It looks familiar because it mirrors the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
6. The Cathedral of the Assumption, Omsk
Also known as Dormition Cathedral, this church is painted in white and red, topped with five domes in turquoise and gold colors. Reports suggest that a statue of Lenin used to stand nearby, but religious officials took it down as they didn’t want a figure that depicts communism and atheism.
7. Transfiguration Church, Star City
Built in Star City ten years ago, the Transfiguration Church is made of wood, topped with dark-blue domes and several crosses. Its location used to be top secret to avoid information leak about space exploration in the Soviet Union.
10 Bug Bites You Need To Identify This Summer
Prepare for the great outdoors and possible bug attacks!
Summer is here and so are all the little insects with the nasty bites. There is little doubt that bug bites are common during summer since people are usually outdoors. While it is possible to avoid an encounter with the creepy crawlies, it is still a good idea to learn about different bug bites and know the first aid they require.
Bug bites can be painful and might also transmit dangerous diseases. Luckily, you can identify the sting or bite on sight and can get appropriate remedy.
#1. Hornet is very dangerous due to its aggressive nature.
A hornet's sting will lead to redness, swelling and possible blistering due to the histamine and acetylcholine in their poison. In addition to that, the victim will feel immediate pain. Go straight for the hospital if the victim goes cold and is having trouble breathing....
Jamaican Woman Claims $180 Million Lottery Winnings Wearing An Emoticon Mask
There is more to the emoticon mask apart from reflecting what she feels!
Superheroes are not the only ones who wear a mask to protect their identity. Sometimes, regular people must wear one to conceal to the public who they really are, especially if they are lottery winners!
A woman from Jamaica, who is only identified as N Gray, was presented to the media recently as she claimed her Super Lotto jackpot win. In order to protect her identity, however, the woman came up with one smart move: she wore an emoji mask. After all, winning $180 million Jamaican dollars may probably put her life and those of her family members in jeopardy if everyone knows who she really is.
Apart from concealing her identity, the smiling and winking emoji mask of the new instant millionaire also provided delight to the attendees of the media presentation.
Hence, when the woman was presented to the members of Jamaican media to claim her winnings, she had no qualms about posing before the clicking cameras as she held a giant check representing her lottery winnings. Surely, the joy she was experiencing that moment went beyond the smiling and winking emoji mask....
Furious Orangutan Faces Bulldozer That Destroyed His Tree In Heartbreaking Video
The fight left the poor ape bewildered over the destruction of his habitat.
There is little doubt that animals truly have feelings. An angry orangutan has just gone viral for his unexpected bravery. The furious animal went up against a bulldozer that had destroyed his tree. Unfortunately, the desperate ape was not able to stop the massive machine from obliterating its home. Since its release, the video has earned thousands of views from people concerned with the animal's fate.
The video features loggers in the Ketapang Regency in Borneo trying to take down several trees. However, it is revealed that an orangutan is refusing to leave his tree although it has been uprooted by the bulldozer. The ape is clearly distressed and keeps pacing the trunk of his home.
The orangutan holds on to a branch of his fallen tree despite the men's efforts to take it down.
The men on the ground have been revealed to be members of the International Animal Rescue (IAR) and are actually trying to help the ape. However, the agitated orangutan went straight for the bulldozer and attempted to grab it. The confused animal was unable to get a firm hold and fell directly under the digger. The men from IAR's Orangutan Protection Unit quickly step in to move the animal away from the vehicle. After some struggle, the unfortunate animal dejectedly walked away from his fallen home....