Russia is huge, as was our time there, so this will cover a few posts!
First up, the churches
All of the churches were repurposed during the Soviet years. The Church of Spilled Blood was used as a morgue for many years, and much of the inside was damaged by weather let in through broken windows. It was set to be imploded towards the end of the Soviet Era – they even had all the explosives ready – but it received a stay of execution when the Soviet Era ended. And thank goodness – it’s an absolute marvel.