Russian Church of Mary Magdalene (Mount of Olives) – Jerusalem

The Russian Church of Mary Magdalene was built in 1885 by Czar Alexander III for his mother and houses a tomb of a Russian duchess whose body was smuggled from Beijing after the Russian Revolution. The church’s seven golden onion domes can be easily spotted in any picture of the Mount of Olives, but entry to the church is elusive: it is only open two days a week from two hours each time. We were lucky enough to be at the right place and the right time. The walls of the interior of the church are meticulously hand painted (2-4).

I really enjoyed visiting this church because it was so different. Everything, from use of the patriarchal/Russian crosses (5), the heavy use of gold, the onion domes, was a far cry from all the other churches I’ve seen before (although these are probably a lot more commonplace in Russia).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on March 26, 2011.

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