Moscow, Russia

  When we in the west think of non-political symbols that represent Russia, one of the most common is the coupola or dome that caps many of the Russian churches.

The debate continues as to the ultimate origin of this element of the Russian architecture. Whether the roots go back to the Middle East, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, or influences from India, the coupola took root in Russia long ago.

The onion shaped dome or lukovitsa is said to have first been used with the construction of St. Basil's.

Moscow was once called "The City of 500 Churches." Though Soviet era destruction reduced the number, there are still a large number of magnificant churches to see.

We will attempt to identify some of those exhibited here on future pages.



Of course, B was particularly fond of the domes at left.

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