Religion Museums

Religion museums are, perhaps surprisingly, quite common in the former Communist space. Although religion was suppressed if not banned under Communism, many of the former Soviet states rank today among the world’s most religious societies, reveling in what had been a long-held component of national identity now given not only freedom, but, in many cases, official state support and support from private business and individuals. Religion museums are just one expression of this new situation.

Russian Icons in Detail from The Museum of Russian Icons

Russian icons are religious paintings that have been created and used in the Orthodox Christian tradition for centuries. They are an important part of Russian art and culture, and are recognized for their distinctive style and spiritual significance. Icons typically depict religious figures, such as Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and saints, and are intended […]

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