Photographer's Note

The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans in Chernivtsi, Ukraine was built between the years 1864 - 1882 to the designs of the Czech architect Josef Hlávka. The Residence, whose buildings are now part of Chernivtsi University, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.rnThe buildings of the complex are laid out on three sides of a courtyard which is approximately 100 metres deep and 70 metres wide: the fourth side of this yard contains the main gates, set in tall railings.rnrnTo the left of the gate is the seminary building (the right wing of the ensemble) and its church, the Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs, which contains murals by Karl Jobst and other artists. (From Wikipedia)rnrnSometimes it is not allowed to take pictures in the Orthodox church but here there was no problem. rnThe main characteristics of the Orthodox churches: there are no chairs or benches. The believers have to stand during usually the long service. An iconostasis is a screen or wall which serves as a stable support for icons and marks the boundary between the nave and the altar or sanctuary. There are these white scarves but I do not know their meaning.

I love Orthodox churches, the smell of the candles, atmosphere and first of all the singing. You can hear it and see more of the church

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