Dubrovitsy. Church. Interior. (2010)
Дубровицы. Церковь Иконы Божией Матери Знамение.
В XVI в. Ильинская. Ныне существующая белокаменная церковь - выдающийся памятник архитектуры, не имеющий прямых аналогов. Выстроена на средства князя Б. А. Голицына. На четырехлепестковом основании установлен восьмигранный столп, прорезанный тремя ярусами окон и увенчанный кованой короной с крестом. Здание в стиле барокко богато украшено резьбой и каменными скульптурами. Закрыта в 1930, но само здание как ценный памятник поддерживалось в порядке. Вновь храм открыт в 1990.
Адрес: Московская область, Подольский район, село Дубровицы.
Dubrovitsy, Moscow region, Russian Federation
Dubrovitsi, Church of the Sign. Podolsk, June 2011.
Dubrovitsi church of the Sign. Panorama. Podolsk, June 2011.
Dubrovitsi, Church of the Sign, panorama from viewing point. June 2011.
Dubrovitsi, Church of the Sign, near main gate. June 2011.
Dubrovitsi, manor of the Golitsyns, Podolsk Registry Office. June 2011.
Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!
Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.
Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in Chita
Although you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.
Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).
The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.
Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.
Text by Steve Smith.