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The lost churches of Russia:
Haunting images of abandoned
wooden buildings crumbling
to dust in remote forests

Daily Mail (UK), by Anna Edwards

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/23/2012 10:09:38 AM

Crumbling and abandoned, the last remnants of Russia´s wooden churches lay dotted in the woodlands of the country´s north-western corner. Forgotten by many and in the process of being reclaimed by nature, the few remaining churches are exposed to the harsh elements without any hope of being salvaged. But one photographer is determined to capture pictures of the forgotten structures - with sometimes haunting results. Richard Davies spent nine years tracking down the lost churches, and produced a book with the stunning photographs.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 12/23/2012 10:27:42 AM     (No. 9080567)

Beautiful crafsmanship. One poster following the article noted the lack of graffiti on the abandoned buildings.
Thanks for posting.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Linda in Seattle, 12/23/2012 10:29:40 AM     (No. 9080572)

The same thing is happening throughout the west. Churches are being abandoned as secular socialism/marxism gains strength. How many young people attend church on a regular basis as opposed to a generation ago?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/23/2012 10:52:50 AM     (No. 9080598)

Oh, wow...just...wow. How lovely, and how sad.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/23/2012 10:54:37 AM     (No. 9080599)

As go a country´s churches, so goes its soul. Beware, America.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keenochka, 12/23/2012 11:03:10 AM     (No. 9080609)

Russia is also facing a plummeting population -- also a warning for the US, but a slightly different one.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/23/2012 11:12:09 AM     (No. 9080620)

Communist nations ban the churches. In nations like ours, the churches are attacked by Progressives in hopes that one day they´ll have the political power to ban them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JAN, 12/23/2012 11:20:49 AM     (No. 9080633)

They replaced their religion with the government.

It´s happening here in the USA.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 12/23/2012 11:45:53 AM     (No. 9080678)

Churches are also being replaced by secular edifices that mimic churches: casinos, movie theaters, shopping malls, all with a focus on a false idol (money, celebrities, consumerism), with specific rituals, sounds, and smells (example: the clinking of slot machines, the smell of popcorn), and a promise to make you happy. How often do you hear that someone could spend a couple of hours in a mall or a casino, but can´t spend 45 minutes at Mass on Sunday?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Annalucia, 12/23/2012 12:24:05 PM     (No. 9080722)

"The photographer´s adventure began after he learned of artist Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin, his website says."

So Bilibin, in addition to being a brilliant artist, was also a photographer? Did I read that right? I am in awe.

For buildings that have been neglected for decades, those churches actually seem to be standing up pretty well. I wonder if it´s the cold.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: provide, 12/23/2012 12:52:46 PM     (No. 9080763)

Soon to be converted and occupied by Muslims.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jalo1951, 12/23/2012 1:21:08 PM     (No. 9080801)

Yes, beautiful and sad at the same time. And to think they are all made from wood. Some very talented people built some lovely buildings. I am glad this man took the time to document these building so they will not be forgotten.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tedinmich, 12/23/2012 7:30:34 PM     (No. 9081185)

It´s not clear to me when some of these churches were built. Some are pics from 1902, and others were built after that?

Ted in Michigan

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 12/23/2012 11:19:42 PM     (No. 9081346)

Probably thanks to these churches being out in more rural areas, they have survived in this form, which is remarkably good.

Many historic churches in less remote areas were totally destroyed by the Bolsheviks.

Will check Davies´ website and look for the book.

One of the most fascinating, wonderful and enigmatic cultures was suffocated and crushed by the communist revolutionaries. Russian culture has never revived.

When you kill the soul, you have eradicated the life, Being. All this in order to serve --and service-- the State.

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