Welcome Back Steve!

Hello from Moscow, Russia… It has been a hectic several months (you noticed no posts for awhile?) while getting moved in and a new job…well, same job, just a new location 🙂

This is an amazing city… a little cold right now so I am waiting to see how long the winter here actually lasts..  People say until late April and even into May but we’ll see.. The photo below of the Kremlin wall and cathedrals was taken in August of 2015..shortly after arriving in Moscow…  More recent photos to come as we start to explore this ginormous city..

Kremlin Walls

I will be getting back into the swing of things now… posting photos and information about the city.. I, also, may be starting a new website based blog page…still working that part out.. 🙂

Next up – Saint Petersburg!

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Walking around Bila Tserkva – Photos

Just thought I would add some more images from the day trip to Bila Tserkva.. It is a small city about 70 km southeast of Kyiv, Ukraine.. A lovely place to spend a day shooting..  There are several churches of note.. a beautiful river .. parks and memorials …markets and coffee shops..

It is easily reached by marshrutka in about an hour and a half for 30 uah… The mini buses leave about every 20 minutes from near the Palats Ukraine metro station.

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Churches of Bila Tserkva

The Saint Mary Magdalene Monastery sits high on the hill overlooking the Ros River in Bila Tserkva.. about 80 km southeast of Kiev, Ukraine.

 

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The church was built in the 18th century. It was the only church built outside  the center of the city. During the Soviet regime, it was one of the few active churches in the city.

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The Church of St. John the Baptist is located on Zamkovaya Hill and was buit in the early 1800’s by Count Branitsky in honor of his son. The church today is a well known place to attend chamber and organ music concerts.

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It is possible that the church was built on the site of another church which had given Bila Tserkva – lterally “white church” – it’s name.

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The Cathedral of the Transconfiguration is the main Orthodox church in the city. It was built to replace the dilapidated St. Nicholas Church, by Countess A. Branitsky.

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Bila Tserka is easily reached from Kyiv by mini bus for about 30 uah ($3.00 USD). They leave from metro stop Palats Ukraine. While there is no set time table, you can plan on a bus leaving every 20 minutes or so. It takes about an 1 1/2 hours so it is perfect for a day trip.

 

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