The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) or The Moscow Patriarchate before the reinstitution in (1943), also known as the Orthodox Christian Church of Russia, is a body of Christians who constitute an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church under the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Moscow, in communion with the other Eastern Orthodox Churches.
The ROC is often said to be the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches in the world and second only to the Roman Catholic Church among Christian churches, numbering over 135 million members world wide and growing numerically since late 1980s. Up to 65% of ethnic Russians and a significant number of Belarusians and Ukrainians identify themselves as "Orthodox". According to figures released on February 2, 2010, the Church has 160 dioceses including 30,142 parishes served by 207 bishops, 28,434 priests and 3,625 deacons. There are 788 monasteries, including 386 for men and 402 for women.
Stalin Gothic Skyscrapers
Also known as the Seven Sisters, these seven towers were raised in the 1940's soar above the capital ( Moscow). Two of them are private apartments, two house government buildings, two are hotels, and one is Moscow state University.Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater
It dates back from 1824, and its Russia's most famous theater. It is the largest theater in the world, with cold decoration and chandeliers. The company was found in 1776 by Prince Peter Urusov and Michael Maddox. Initially, it held performances in a private home, but in 1780, it acquired the Petrovka Theatre and began producing plays and operas.
The current building was built on Theatre Square in 1824 to replace the Petrovka Theatre, which had been destroyed by fire in 1805. It was designed by architect Andrei Mikhailov, who had built the nearby Maly Theatre in 1824.
This is Moscow's glorious underground rail system. The stations consist of marble floors, ornate pillars and the walls are covered with realist artworks. Over two and a half billion passengers ride per year. In total, the Moscow Metro has 298.8 km (185.7 mi) of route length, 12 lines, and 180 stations; on a normal weekday it carries over 7 million passengers. Passenger traffic is considerably lower on weekends, bringing the average daily passenger traffic during the year to 6.6 million passengers per day. The Moscow Metro is a state-owned enterprise.
It is the main square of St. Petersburg and one of the world's most magnificent plazas. It also serves as an open-air venue for concerts, including Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Madonna, and Paul McCartney. The focal point of the square is the Alexander Column, a tall monolith of red granite topped by a statue of an angle and a cross.
St Basil's Cathedral
St Basil's cathedral with its multicolored domes is the most famous images of Russia. It used to be a church but is now a museum. The exterior is stunning, but the interior can be disappointing.
It is a beautiful Russian fortress in the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River, and the red square. The is palace serves as the official residence of the Presi tonsdent of Russia. The name Kremlin (or Kremlin) has been allocated to various Soviet Navy vessels during construction. In each case, the name was changed prior to commissioning. Vessels which have briefly carried this name included Admiral Kuznetsov and Ulyanovsk
Tsar Bell is the largest bell in the world cast in 1655. It weighs 216 made of bronze. The bell was never rang because a part of it broken off in the casting pit. The is an unbelievable sight at a height of 6.14 m, and a diameter of 6.6 m.
Stalin Gothic Skyscrapers
Also known as the Seven Sisters, these seven towers were raised in the 1940's soar above the capital ( Moscow). Two of them are private apartments, two house government buildings, two are hotels, and one is Moscow state University.