The Church on the Spilled Blood is case where the memorial doesn’t match the man. Like many leaders Alexander ll wasn’t the most gracious. Although he had introduced some reforms he also sent thousands into exile in Siberia. It wasn’t an accident that people wanted to throw grenades at him. Alex aside, the memorial to him is a triumph to the art of mosaics. Nearly every surface is covered in stories of biblical events and saints. Both the outside and the inside are highlights.
History Doesn’t Make You Nice
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I wonder Pieter, does it strike you as incongruous tourist traipsing through a church viewing attempts by artists trying to portray a Christian tradition which has little to do the realities of a Semite man entering history in the Middle East and healing people through faith.
Does the white skin, the blue eyes, the halos, and the fluffy clouds splattered on walls distract you from the Jesus message?
I’d love to learn, sometime, how such a beautiful marvel survived the atheism of the Soviet regime.