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.

St. Sophia’s Cathedral – The Historic Protectress of Kyiv, Ukraine

Near the center of the city, St. Sophia’s Cathedral is maintained by the Ukrainian government as a grand and beautiful reminder of the past. Originally founded in 1011 A.D., when Kyiv was still the capital of Kievan Rus, it was an early and grand celebration of the state’s official adoption of Christianity in 988. The […]

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