The journal of an American expat in Russia
Or you may have peeked inside, but did you continue up the winding staircase into the sanctuary?During Soviet times, churches were remodeled to serve secular purposes. This one was a swimming pool, as is still evident from the bleachers. It was restored after the fall of the Soviet Union, and gets plenty of use as a church today. Some of my friends were married here.Oh, and the concert. It featured a combination of brass and organ, with such composers as Bach, Stanley, Telemann, Pachelbel (you can guess which piece), and Vivaldi. Lots of old favorites.
I've been here! I was just in awe of how they could use it as a pool and church after and before...crazy!! Our school did their end of the year program here.
There is a church in Moscow that was used as a pool, too.... Oddly appropriate. I'm glad they did that, rather then destroy the buildings!
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