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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • The Most Wondrous Places of Orthodox Crimea

    THE OLDEST TEMPLE One of the oldest cities in the world is Kerch. It is known that its territory was inhabited in prehistoric times. Among the main attractions of Kerch are numerous excavations of ancient cities and mounds, ancient fortresses.This is the location of Crimea's oldest and one of the...
  • The Icon of the Theotokos of the Gate of Dawn

    On October 27, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the Icon of the Theotokos  of the Gate of Dawn. The icon is found above the northern city gate in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The icon is venerated by both Roman Catholics and the Orthodox. It is considered one of the most important C...
  • Metropolitan Laurus, the Healer of the Greatest Trauma in Russian History

    Yesterday, March 16, 2018, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia commemorated 10 years since the repose of its first hierarch, Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla) (1928-2008). He was the fifth cleric to hold that position. Metropolitan Laurus was born as Vasil' Michalovič Škurla in what is today Sl...
  • The Weeping Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos

    Today the Russian Church is celebrating the feast of the Weeping “Tikhvin” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. The icon is located in the Skete of Prophet Elijah on Mount Athos in Greece. It received the name "Weeping" because of a miracle that took place on the eve of one of the bloodiest wars of the...
  • Four Revelations by Dostoyevsky

    Remembering my youth now, I understand that Dostoevsky has taken possession of my soul since I was seventeen. I recall well that when studying mechanical engineering at the Moscow State University, I always tried to make time for Dostoevsky. In the end, this led to the fact that I just began waiting...
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Do We Live in a Dystopia?
The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
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