VILNIUS, LITHUANIA ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น: SOUTH SIDE OF THE GATE OF DAWN

Southern side of The Gate of Dawn.
Itโ€™s a city gate and one of its most important religious, historical and cultural monuments. It is a major site of Catholic pilgrimage in Lithuania.
It was built between 1503 and 1522 as a part of defensive fortifications.
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Vilnius, Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
26dec21

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น: IMMORTALITY

โ€œ๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“‡๐‘’ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š ๐“ˆ๐“Š๐’ธ๐’ธ๐‘’๐‘’๐’น ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐“๐‘œ๐“‹๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”, ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“‡๐‘’ ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š’๐“๐“ ๐’ท๐‘’ ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐“‹๐’พ๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐‘’๐’น ๐’ถ๐“‰ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐‘’๐“๐’พ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐’ข๐‘œ๐’น ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“‚๐“‚๐‘œ๐“‡๐“‰๐’ถ๐“๐’พ๐“‰๐“Ž ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“Ž๐‘œ๐“Š๐“‡ ๐“ˆ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“.โ€
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๐น๐“Ž๐‘œ๐’น๐‘œ๐“‡ ๐’Ÿ๐‘œ๐“ˆ๐“‰๐‘œ๐‘’๐“‹๐“ˆ๐“€๐“Ž
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๐’ฑ๐’พ๐“๐“ƒ๐’พ๐“Š๐“ˆ, ๐ฟ๐’พ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐“Š๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’พ๐’ถ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
๐Ÿค๐Ÿฉ๐’น๐‘’๐’ธ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฃ
โ€œIdioto svajonฤ—s paฤios graลพiausios.โ€
~ Sigitas Parulskis
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Vilnius, Lithuania ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น
26dec21

RIGA, LATVIA ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป: PRAYER TIME

Our Lady of Sorrows Church โ›ช๏ธ
Built in 1785.
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Riga, Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
24dec21
St. Saviour’s Church โ›ช๏ธ
Built in 1859.
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Riga, Latvia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
24dec21

NARVA, ESTONIA ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช: WHERE GOD RESIDES

๐™ธ ๐š”๐š—๐š˜๐š  ๐š ๐š’๐š๐š‘๐š’๐š— ๐š ๐š‘๐š’๐šŒ๐š‘ ๐š‹๐šž๐š’๐š•๐š๐š’๐š—๐š ๐š–๐šข ๐š๐š˜๐š ๐š›๐šŽ๐šœ๐š’๐š๐šŽ๐šœโ€ฆ
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๐™ผ๐šŠ ๐š๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š—, ๐š–๐š’๐š•๐š•๐š’๐šœ๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š‘๐š˜๐š˜๐š—๐šŽ๐šœ ๐š–๐šž ๐š“๐šž๐š–๐šŠ๐š• ๐šŽ๐š•๐šŠ๐š‹โ€ฆ
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๐™ฝ๐šŠ๐š›๐šŸ๐šŠ, ๐™ด๐šœ๐š๐š˜๐š—๐š’๐šŠ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
๐š†๐š’๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š› โ„๏ธ ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿท
Alexander’s Church. Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Narva, Estonia. Original cornerstone was laid in the summer of 1881. Congregated after Emperor Alexander II in the fall of 1883, after his assassination earlier in the spring. The church was consecrated on 9 June 1884. (wiki)

RAKVERE, ESTONIA ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช: PILGRIMAGE

Rakvere Birth of the Holy Mother Orthodox Church โ›ช๏ธ
contains the holy remains of the martyred priest Sergei Florinski, which are the only public holy remains in Estonia. The church is a place for pilgrimage in the Russian Orthodox Church.
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Rakvere, Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
16october2021

NARVA, ESTONIA: RESURRECTION & LIBERATION

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™ก. ๐™€๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™Š๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™™๐™ค๐™ญ ๐˜พ๐™๐™ช๐™ง๐™˜๐™ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™‹๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ž๐™–๐™ง๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š. ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™ช๐™ง๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ 1890 ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ 1896 ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™†๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ข ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ. ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™š. ๐™Œ๐™ช๐™ž๐™š๐™ฉ. ๐™‹๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™š๐™›๐™ช๐™ก. ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™š๐™š๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™; ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„โ€™๐™ข ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™€๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™–. ๐™๐™ฌ๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™ช๐™ง๐™˜๐™. ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ง๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ.

*๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ ๐™๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ: ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™ช๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™›๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™ค๐™ข๐™—๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ 1944 ๐™™๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™ ๐™’๐™–๐™ง ๐™„๐™„.

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๐™‰๐™–๐™ง๐™ซ๐™–, ๐™€๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™– ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช
๐™Ž๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง 2021
Alexander’s Churchย (Estonian:ย Aleksandri Suurkirik) is a church of theย Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Churchย inย Narva,ย Estonia. Narva Church’s original cornerstone was laid in summer 1881. It was congregated after Emperorย Alexander IIย in fall 1883, after his assassination earlier in spring. Alexander ll was theย Emperor of Russia,ย King of Congress Polandย andย Grand Duke of Finlandย from 2 March 1855 until hisย assassination. His most significant reform as emperor wasย emancipationย ofย Russia’s serfsย in 1861, for which he is known asย Alexander the Liberator. The church was consecrated on 9 June 1884. It was given cathedral statusย on 19 September 2000. (notes from wiki)

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: NEIGHBORING SOLITUDES

All companionship can consist only in the strengthening of two neighboring solitudes, whereas everything that one is wont to call giving oneself is by nature harmful to companionship: for when a person abandons himself, he is no longer anything, and when two people both give themselves up in order to come close to each other, there is no longer any ground beneath them and their being together is a continual fallingโ€ฆ Once there is disunity between them, the confusion grows with every day; neither of the two has anything unbroken, pure, and unspoiled about him any longerโ€ฆ They who wanted to do each other good are now handling one another in an imperious and intolerant manner, and in the struggle somehow to get out of their untenable and unbearable state of confusion, they commit the greatest fault that can happen to human relationships: they become impatient. They hurry to a conclusion; to come, as they believe, to a final decision, they try once and for all to establish their relationship, whose surprising changes have frightened them, in order to remain the same now and forever (as they say). ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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this may be the most beautifulย buildingย in the city. it’s a school.ย 

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this church isย perpetuallyย embraced by the clouds.ย 

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2may19. San Jose, Costa Rica.

FRANKFURT, GERMANY ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช: (Hร–CHST) CASTLES ๐Ÿฐ AND STUFF

Justinuskirche or St. Justin’s Church is the oldest building in Frankfurt. The church dates back to the Carolingian era and was first consecrated in 850. The three-naved church was modified during the fifteenth century, although it still retains much of its original design. The choir however was completely rebuilt in a late Gothic style. The bombastic altar was created in the eighteenth century in the then popular Baroque style. http://www.aviewoncities.com/frankfurt/hochst.htmThe white painted watchtower of the Hรถchster SchloรŸ towers over the old town. Originally built in the fourteenth century, work on the castle continued during the following centuries and at the end of the sixteenth century it was expanded with a new structure in Renaissance style, the Neue SchloรŸ (new castle). In 1908 the dilapidated complex was acquired by the local industrial magnate Adolf von Brรผning, who opened the castle’s park to the public. Since 2002, the complex is owned by the German Foundation for Monument Protection. http://www.aviewoncities.com/frankfurt/hochst.htm

21oct18. Hรถchst, Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช