The Russian Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia dates to the 18th century and is typical of thousands of small Russian Orthodox churches. I visited the church and community of Shimsk on Saturday, 17 June 2006. My visit was in conjunction with a Fulbright study project in Russia.




Exterior view of the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Exterior view of the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Nave of the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Russian Orthodox priest teaching in a small room opening off of the south side of the nave. The community is too small for a full time priest, but is regularly visited by a priest who holds mass. A visiting priest was advising teenagers about the Russian Orthodox faith when I visited. Church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Sunlight illuminates the nave and icons in the Church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Beautiful icon of the Madonna and Christ child from the Church of the Assuption in Shimsk, Russia



The soft light provided by the burning cloth wick of an oil lamp in the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Wallpainting of the Madonna and Christ child from the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Wallpainting of an angel in the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Image of Christ and angels painted in the dome of the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Icon of St. Nicholas with burning oil lamp from the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Icon of Abraham, Sarah (hiding behind the curtain) and the 3 angels. From the church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



The iconostasis screen in the Church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia



Modern copies of "classic" Russian Orthodox icons are avilable for purchase in the Church of Assumption in Shimsk, Russia.



Metal Crucifix with votive oil lamp in the Church of Assumption in Shimsk, Russia.



The Church of Assumption in Shimsk, Russia, was being repaired and restored during the summer of 2006.



Sign on the Church of the Assumption in Shimsk, Russia


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