Since the Middle Ages, Russia is covered with Orthodox churches and they seem to be here to stay Natalya Nosova The vast majority of Russians identify as Orthodox Christians, loyal to the religion that came here more than thousand years ago. However, many Russians see their Christian identity as quite symbolic. When a priest at the most Eastern Orthodox church in Russia,situated on the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea (almost 5,000 miles east of Moscow), starts to conduct his morning liturgy at 8 AM, the previous day isn’t even over in the capital. No other religion is so widespread in Russia; almost every community, big or small, hosts its own Orthodox church. It’s not surprising: according tostatistics, approximately 75% Russian citizens consider themselves Orthodox Christians. But how did it all start? Politics lead to a change of faith Until the late 10th century, Slavic tribes were predominantly pagan with different communities preferring and … [Read more...] about Why are Russian people (mostly) Orthodox Christians?
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ČTK | 4 July 2018 Jerusalem, July 3 (CTK) - Czech Senate chairman Milan Stech and Slovak Parliament speaker Andrej Danko attended the opening of the exhibition Masaryk and the Holy Land that marks the the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia and the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel in the Knesset building in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Stech had talks with Juli-Joel Edelstein, the head of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, earlier on Tuesday. He also met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his current visit to Israel. At the opening on Tuesday, Stech recalled the history of relations between Israel and Czechoslovakia. He pointed out that the Czech Republic is a stable partner of Israel. He said he believed Czech-Israeli cooperation would be deepened in defence systems, education, science and advanced technologies. Stech said study stays of Czechs in Israel and vice versa were the best way to build trust between the two nations and face common threats together. He … [Read more...] about Czech, Slovak parliament heads open Knesset exhibition on Masaryk
WHEN the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem it reignited one of the most hotly disputed subjects at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Here's what you need to know about Donald Trump's decision which was welcomed by the Jewish state but condemned by other countries. What is the capital of Israel? Israel, which gained independence as a modern country in 1948, claims Jerusalem as its capital. But this is not internationally recognised because the ancient city is also the proclaimed capital of the State of Palestine. Jerusalem's unresolved status is one of the core questions at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. A 1949 treaty following the Arab-Israeli war divided Jerusalem into two sections with the western half controlled by Israel, and the eastern half controlled by Jordan. Although Israel captured and annexed the entire city during the 1967 Six Day War, East Jerusalem – containing the famous Old City – is still claimed by … [Read more...] about Is Jerusalem the capital of Israel and why did Donald Trump move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv?
Often in the news as the epicentre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem will later this week become the backdrop of the start of one of cycling's biggest races, the Giro d'Italia. The race's "Big Start", beginning Friday, marks the first time any of cycling's three major races -- the Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana -- will begin outside of Europe. It is a major boon for Israel's efforts to present itself as a sport and tourism destination despite being the site of a seemingly intractable conflict. The three-day start will take riders on a spin through the hilly metropolis fraught with religious and political tensions, to modern Mediterranean cities and finally the desert, passing the world's largest erosion crater and ending at the Red Sea. The 10-kilometre Jerusalem time trial on Friday will see riders sprint through the western sector of the contested city, steering away from mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied over 50 years ago and later … [Read more...] about Israel hopes for revelation by hosting start of Giro cycling race
Seven hundreds years after the Scots, ruled by Robert Bruce, seized Berwick-upon-Tweed, we examine eight travel destinations around the world that keep changing hands. 1. Berwick-upon-Tweed This Northumberland town is famous for three reasons. Firstly, the - largely debunked - claim that it is (or recently was) still technically at war with Russia. According to local lore, Queen Victoria signed the declaration of the Crimean War as "Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, Ireland, Berwick-upon-Tweed and all British Dominions". But when peace was made at the Treaty of Paris, Berwick-upon-Tweed was left out. Ergo it was still at war with the Russian Bear. Secondly, LS Lowry. “The artist painted coal-coloured canvases of working-class towns in the industrial North West. But where did he go when he wanted to get away from all that? Berwick-upon-Tweed,” explains Boudicca Fox-Leonard. “From the mid-Thirties to the summer before his death in 1976, Lowry inhaled the North Sea … [Read more...] about The most conquered places on Earth