on November 1, 2001
The unusual striped Chesme Church was built for Catherine the Great in 1777-1780. We were fortunate enough to attend part of a Sunday service here. Luckily, I kept a scarf w/ me, so was able to cover my head, as is the custom. There are no pews in a Russian Orthodox Church, you stand or kneel for the service, often lasting up to two hours. The music was lovely. I purchased an icon here, the Patron Saint of Travelers. Per Nicholas Riasanovsky in "A History of Russia": "Russian religious icons are characterized by elegance, grace, & fine taste."
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