Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Rebirth

Rusia | Omsk | Uspensky Cathedral

More than 2000 km south east of Moscow, where the Irtysh and Om rivers meet, is the amazing and beautiful city of Omsk. When Tanya contacted me about a trade I was astonished at the number of beautiful postcards she had and it was difficult to choose only three. However this postcard was definitely my first choice.

This is the info on the back of the card:
Omsk. The rebirth of the Uspensky Cathedral. 2007. It was built in 1891-1898. The Cathedral was demolished in 1935. Is in 2007 recovered.

I wondered why such a beautiful building was destroyed. Wikipedia added the info that it was 'blown up' but not why. In an article at the OmskTime website I found this (it is tranlated from Russian so please excuse Google ^_~):

The Cathedral is a unique historical monument, as during the Civil War, he was the main cathedral of White Russia, the Bolsheviks were therefore considered it their duty to destroy this holy Orthodox Russian people, as happened in 1935. Now the restoration of the cathedral was an act of repentance.

So only 37 years after completion the Cathedral was destroyed and then 72 years later it is rebuilt to the original design. Amazing! Despite everything that humans do to each other, we resiliently wait until we can rebuild.

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8 comments:

  1. Beautiful card and amazing builing. I absolutely fell in love with russian architecture.
    I've just posted some cards for "Our wonderful World Tuesday"

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    1. Thank-you Fabienne ^_^ I know what you mean about Russian architecture. I have received such amazing postcards from Russia that it is now at the top of my list of Dream Countries and I have decided that Russian is the most beautiful language in the world and I must learn it (even though I am terrible at languages and only just managed to pass Afrikaans at school after 12 years of 'study') ^_~

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  2. The cathedral is superb and the card is really beautiful.

    I tried the Google translation of the Russian Wikipedia page and am left not very much the wiser. I wish I had at least a basis of Russian to be able to decipher some of the wonderful cards I receive.

    As far as I can gather they were going to rebuild the cathedral elsewhere and blew it up to demolish it. Then they found that the bricks were no longer usable. Thank goodness they did eventually rebuild it.

    Am I missing something with the links, because I can't see a list of them like last week?

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    1. Thanks for telling me about that - I made a mistake and forget to tick a box ^_~

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  3. Where is the copy and paste thingy for the banner? Is is just me not seeing it?

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  4. Oh wow, either you have put the copy thingy on the page or my eyes have finally opened :-) Thank you anyway!

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    1. LOL. It was me. I put it there ^_~ I think I will make you one especially for your green page ^_^

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  5. There are some magnificent buildings in Russia, this one looks quite ethereal in the way it is illuminated.

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