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I must say the rules of behavior in our churches are rather strict.
In Orthodox churches women have to wear kerchiefs or scarves over their heads and men have to take off their hats.
People usually stand in these churches. There are no seats like in Catholic or Protestant cathedrals. There are only several benches at the walls for the elderly people who cannot stand during the service.
During the service you can also kneel on both knees for a change and for a short time.
There is no exact time when to do it. It is all your choice.
It is customary to offer donations to the church. The inscriptions at donation boxes read, "for cathedral repair" or "for the common candle".
Besides, it would be good for visitors of our churches to have some change and offer some donations to the beggars standing at the entrance to the cathedral gates. They are mainly old "babushkas" or bums who stand at the cathedral entrance gate and ask for some money in the name of Christ. Sometimes from three to ten beggars may stand there at the entrance gate and then a couple of others may stand at the cathedral door asking for donations in Christ's name... They cross themselves and always say, "God bless you" as you offer them your small donation.
You can only take pictures of the beautiful interior of a church or a cathedral if you have the dean's blessing for that. You have to ask the cathedral dean for his blessing to take pictures like I did. Just find out what his name is and, coming up to him, say, "Please, Father so-and-so, bless me, to take a picture of the interior" or something like that. The dean might also ask you why you need this or that picture. Be resourceful enough and think of something solid as your reason of taking pictures, even if you only want to take pictures of the exterior. Otherwise your taking pictures without permission might look and be considered by the parish and the priests as rather rude and intruding... After you receive the necessary blessing, you can also offer a donation and insert it into the cathedral donation box inside.
Good luck to you!
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