The tragedy of Russia’s abandoned wooden churches | openDemocracy


A fascinating look at how Russia’s wooden churches are either sitting in museums, already destroyed or falling to pieces. In the Templar era, Russia had been converted to the orthodox variety of Christianity by priests under the influence of Constantinople. As with the Byzantine empire, the church and state in Tsarist Russia were intertwined and when the Bolsheviks took power in 1917, the church was seen by some communists as a legitimate target – having been a prop of the old regime. You might have thought that Russia under arch-nationalist Putin would be more sympathetic to these ancient buildings but this blog seems to suggest not…draw your own conclusions.

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