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The Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral, as beautiful as the Cathedral itself is, time, and perhaps economic necessity have changes the local environs in a manner that tend to belie the significance that should be attached to this church. It stands on a prominence of land that projects into the Volga River. When it was built I am sure it was a splendid site with all due reverence attached to it and the grounds around it. Now it is surrounded by HUGE cranes and derricks used to unload fright and such from vessels on the river. Night time is the best time to photograph it. The cranes and other elements that would compete with it as the center of your attention in a picture fade into oblivion at night when the cathedral is illuminated in all it's glory.
The assistant to the Bishop gave me permission to photograph the interior, it is currently under restoration, it is a "working" church, so I have tried to avoid interrupting worshipers as they proceeded with their private moments of reverence. The interior pictures can be seen in my tip on this Cathedral..
This particular shot was taken from the bridge, late in the evening on December 2. 2005
The view in daylight revels the commercial buildings surrounding the Cathedral now. I am QUITE certain those where NOT there when the site was selected for the Cathedral years ago. While the presence of the commercial structures does not in any way subtract from the significance of the Cathedral, they do not add any aesthetic qualities that would enhance its "presentation".
- Pros:A beautiful city that four days of touring bearly scratched the surface
- Cons:A bit too hilly for a walking tour!!!
- In a nutshell:Out of the dark and into the light of new, modern Russia
While I did not have occasion to visit this center I did notice it at night because of the elegant lighting work. So I... more travel advice
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