"To V.I.Lenin and the Marxists of Nichny Novgorod" is the translation of the inscription on this monument that you will find at the western end of the pedestrian area of the street "Bolschaja Pokrowskaja". So you will see that the monuments of Lenin did not all disappear after the last revolution of 1989.
Thanks a lot to Viktor (HunterV) for your help in the translation of the inscription!
How to find this monument : walk to the west-end of Bolschaja Pokrowskaja and when you get to the "Postman on his bike" you turn to the right (see my last photograph !)
This is another quite funny monument / sculpture in the pedestria area of Bolschaja Pokrowskaja : a young mother and her son, who is playing with a small steam-boat-toy. The most funny part of this sculpture is the fact that you will be able to take a seat next to the lady and her son, on the same bench.
My 3-5th photoraph are showing another funny sculpture : a postman on his bike, right at the beginning of the pedestrian area and next to the monument to "Lenin and the Marxists"
This is another great church, not more than just 200 meters from the Kremlin-walls, when you drive to it from the port-area, and about halfway to the upper Kremlin-walls.
Our bus had stoped there closeby, but the tourguide went into the other direction and I had to follow her in order not to loose the group. Maybe the interior is not so special, many of these churches are also still in a terrible condition inside, even though they are totally restored from the outside.
When walking through Nizhny Novgorod you will pass by a lot of interesting buildings and most of them are in good condition and well restored. On the other hand this city was off-limits for foreigners for more than 50 years and you will hardly find any infos about it or maps of it in guidebooks printed before 1990. I also did not see as many hotels as in other cities in Russia.
"House of the children" is the name of this great Art-Nouveau"-building not far from the Kremlin. It has an interesting facade with nice mosaiques, but once again we did not have enough time to get any closer, so I could just take a few pics from a large distance.
Kuzma Minin is a very popular russian hero, you will see his statues in many cities of Russia, the most popular one maybe in front of Saint Baisil's cathedral on Red Square.
Here in Nizhny Novgorod he used to live as an ordinary butcher before he started to support Prince Dimitry Pozharsky and helped him to gather an army in order to defeat the polish army,that had invaded Russia.
After the fights he returned to his job as a butcher and you will see at least 3 monuments of him in Nizhny Novgorod :
1 & 2) in the Kremlin, next to the cathedral
3 & 4) outside of the Kremlin
5) in front of the church of John the Babtist
This university-building is to be found in the pedestrian-area of Bolschaja Pokrowskaja , not far from the lovely Art-Nouveau-building of the Bank of Russia. The building has an interesting facade and a nice park with some shady benches in front of it.
The lady with the mirror is an interesting sculpture in the pedestrian area of Bolschaja Pokrowskaja and it is obviously one of the favorite places for the local people. Almost no lady, who would not take a look into the mirror of that lady as well, while passing by...
You will find this interesting obelisk in the backside of the Kremlin, close to the monument for the victims of WW II. I dont remember the meaning of it, our tourguide just said a few words about it and seemed to considder it not so very important.
Much more interesting for me was the celtic cross in my last photograph, but our tourguide was not able to give any further explations about it and unfortunately we could see it also just from a wide distance.
This monument for the victims of WW II is inside the Kreml of Nizhniy Novgorod, in the back and on the terrace facing the river. I had been there on May 9th, that is still celebrated as the day of the russian victory over germany after WW II. Most russians will have 3 days of vacation and you will find all cities decorated for that special occasion.
This Cathedral was literaly cut into the side of the hill. Again this was also being renovated. very beautifully done I might add!
The bell tower shown in the second picture was also the entrance "bridge" to the church, you entered on the second floor when you came in from the back portico
Church of the Lords Ascension was under MAJOR renovation. Roman (my guide) pleaded, begged cajoled the elderly lady who was bolting the door in our face to allow me to photograph the progress that was being made but she would not hear of it at all!! I did get a very short peek inside, just enough to see that there really was scaffolding ALL OVER THE PLACE, and the workman were NOT happy to see my face even just at the doorway, so there may have been very legitimate concerns for my, and their safety in the construction site. The "top down" renovation is clearly visible, when you reflect on the condition of the domes and the remainder of the exterior. What is really so incredible is that each and every city I was in could have been a whole "coffee table book" in its own right on the churches, the details, the amazing craftsmanship and artistry that is embodied in each of the churches there.
I can't help but imagine how attractive this chuch site must have been before the apartment building was contructed behind it. With the Russian attention to details in artistry, with good fortune, they will remove the apartments to allow the chuch to reclaim its "mastery" of this space.
My Guide was at a losss to try to give a better translation of the name of the church. The Russian word in it's name actually means something closer to "in eternal peaceful repose" rather than just "sleeping" but because it is one word it would say either "The Sleeping Mary" or "The Dead Mary" neither of which really say in English what is meant in Russian. So the language barrier still "lives" even in the face of knowledgeble assistance!
My guide again had to enter into a LONG discussion with the lady selling candles before she refered him to the priest to get permission for me to photograph the interior. My experience in Russia in 1999 showed that many Russians had a very sincere, heartfelt, basis of faith but they were uncetain how this would be met by a westerner let alone an American. Once I expressed my own faith and the fact that i had been ordained a deacon years before in my church, they accepted me and shared their faith traditions (and questions!!) quite openly. The very fact that I was not abe to do as much as I would have wanted to do when I was activily serving as a deacon perhaps is part of my drive now to seek ways to extend my faith service by sharing with Russians who may wonder if they are isolated in the world of intelligent people by expressing their own faith traditions.
In the last picture. taken of the ceiling, unfortunately I could not quite bring myself to pull a "Leonardo", by laying on my back on the floor to photograph it, so please accept it with its limitations!
Church of the Most Holy Women Bringers, in English that name sounds a bit strange but it is because it is a translation of Russian. The phrase, Holy Women Bringers, refers to the women who came to Christ's tomb in the morning. They were bringing herbs and ointments to anoint the body, Thus they were "Bringers" in that they "brought" things for Christ in the tomb.
It appears to be the tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church to dedicate each church to some event in the context of Gods relationship with believers. To celebrate , educate and reinforce that relationship for and among the faithful.
While at best my attempts to express my understanding in words of elements of faith within the context of the Russian Orthodox traditions were very clumsy, as my guide graciously said, he recognized I could tell it was present without my having to see the "mustard seed." His referral to that phrase instantly identified him as follower of the gospel just as surely as if he had drawn a curved line in the sand when we met on the road in the desert! He stated that he preferred the evangelical expression of faith more than the Russian Orthodox. When I asked to see his church he explained that they did not have a building of their own but rather met in an unused auditorium in an older building. That had been my experience as far back as 1992 when five of us sang Christmas carols for a congregation in St. Petersburg.
Note in particular the candle stands in the third picture, this is the only church where you will see them shrouded like this. It is in honor of the women "bringers", it represents the skirts the women wore.
On the opposit side of Volga there is an interesting modern cathederal of St. Duke Alexander Nevsky. Newely build a few years ago.