Remember we were in the newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg in the beginning of this year? We were in it again last weekend! This time it was in an article about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. I must admit I was a bit jealous of the other emigrants in warmer countries talking about swimming pools and iced drinks 🙂
Yaroslavl’s St. John the Baptist Church is featured on the 1000 ruble banknote.
Bell tower at the Trinity Monastery of St Sergei in Sergiyev Posad, a small town near Moscow.
The monastery was founded in the 15th century and is considered the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was founded by St. Sergius of Radonezh, one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s most highly venerated saints. Today the Trinity Monastery is still one of the largest monasteries in Russia.
Russia will begin compulsory fingerprinting for foreigners at the border. The practice will be implemented at Moscow airports early next year.
At the moment, only foreign nationals applying for certain categories of work permit are required to give their fingerprints. Interestingly, citizens of Britain, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia have also been required to submit their fingerprints when applying for visas under a trial program launched in 2014.
However, fingerprinting will soon be mandatory for all foreign nationals entering the country.
Source: The Moscow Times
To visit an orthodox church or monastery, women must cover their head, shoulders and knees, while men should uncover their head.
At the entrance of most churches and monasteries, you can find scarves and skirts that you can use during your visit.
The Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg (dating back more than 150 years, to 1860) where we watched the opera Don Quixote last June.
Moscow’s winter 2016 is the snowiest on record. Snow came earlier than it has in the previous 137 years. Severe weather conditions knocked out electricity supplies to homes of almost 24,000 people living near Moscow. Train routes between major cities were suspended and the outages even impacted hospitals and schools. Over 70 flights were cancelled due to excessive snow. As of Dec. 2 , 90cm of snowfall was recorded in Moscow, a record for the city. At the beginning of this week, the city received 20 percent of its December snowfall in the just 24 hours.
(Source: The Moscow Times)