Thursday, April 15, 2010

»NEW« TRAVELLING RR - Group 62 * Churches

I've received a few days ago an envelope with 10 churches card and i chose these 3.

This is the Sabctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba.
According to legend, the Virgin of Charity appeared over the waters of the Bay of Nipe, and upon recognition of the event by the Catholic Church, the sanctuary was built in 1927.
The Lady of Charity is truly a saint for all the believers in the syncretism of Cuban Catholicism and African religious rites. Her temple stands on a hill overlooking the town.
Thousands of people come to the church to vererate the Lady of Charity, the Holy Patron of Cuba. Some come to keep a promise, others take offerings which are added to the hundreds of pieces and objects that have been dedicated to the Virgin, among which is Hemingway's Nobel Prize medal. Pilgrims often collect copper stones from the mine close to the church.

With Leslie and Sheila's help, i finally know where this postcard is from, and it's from Torzhok, a town in Tver Oblast, Russia, situated on the Tvertsa River, 38 miles northwest of Tver, and 145 miles from Moscow.
After some research i've finally discovered the name of this church and it's location. This is the Dormition Cathedral in Veliky Ustyug, a town in Vologda Oblast, also in Russia.
"According to the Ustyug Chronicles, in 1290 bishop Tarasy from Rostov arrived to Ustyug to consecrate the newly constructed temple in the name of the Dormition of the Virgin. The burned down wooden cathedral was replaced in the middle of the XVI century by a stone one. Built in the style of the main Russia temple – the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin, it became the first stone city cathedral in the Russian North.

The present shape of the Dormition Cathedral has developed as a result of numerous reconstructions which it underwent for 450 years. The huge building of the temple, the main part of which is built according to the strict monumental forms typical of the XVI century, looks really majestic. The southern facade of the cathedral is completely hidden behind the constructed in the middle of the XIX century two-storeyed warm side-chapel of Epiphany. A high cathedral belltower (the end of the XVII – XVIII century) with its complex construction, consisting of two incorporated volumes adjoins it from the east." - in:


Leslie said...

The second card is from Torzhok, but I don't know about the third one!

Beautiful cards! :)

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

If you Google Torzhok I think you'll find that's it. Wikipedia has a few pictures that look like the churches.

When I'm stuck with Cyrillic type I use the Russian keyboard on line at It's not very easy but it works quite well to solve mysteries. :)

Martinha said...

Thanks Leslie and Sheila for your help.
I really like to know where my cards are from and i didn't have a clue about these.