St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church


The silver onion dome of St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, generally gleaming in the beautiful Canberra sun, stands out and is seen by thousands each day as the travel along Canberra Avenue between the City and Fyshwick and Queanbeyan. Not many take that extra step, and I didn’t for fifteen years, of detouring the hundred or so metres necessary off Canberra Avenue to visit this rather beautiful church, in the style of 14th century churches found in the Pskov and Novgorod regions of north-west of Russia. Continue reading “St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church”

Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral – Narrabundah


I have driven past this very distinctive round-topped building for a number of years now and apart from knowing it was a church I knew very little else about it. While visiting a couple of other sites in the area – Mugga Mugga and Calthorpes’ House – I decided to stop for a closer look. Continue reading “Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral – Narrabundah”

Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral


The brickwork and gilded cupolas make this neo-Byzantine Russian Orthodox Cathedral one of Riga’s most beautiful buildings and, unlike other churches in the City, while it has had a number of uses, it has not been rebuilt numerous times. That said, compared to the City’s medieval Christian churches this is a mere youngster of a building. Continue reading “Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral”

Grebenshchikov Old Believers Church


The original wooden Old Believers church, established by Aleksandr Grebenšhchikov on this site, was built in 1760. Its replacement, officially the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, was built in 1814 and remains home to one of the largest congregations of Old Believers in the world. The stunning tower and gold dome were added in 1906. Continue reading “Grebenshchikov Old Believers Church”