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My Poland this year…

Here are some highlights from my two-week stay in Poland. My family home and my grand-parents’ house:               My parents working in their garden: Many meals together with family and friends: Celebrating Kasia’s birthday (my niece and goddaughter): Visiting my husband’s parents:     …

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Poland: Holy Mountain of Grabarka

Hello from Poland! After visiting many Orthodox churches in the world all year this year, I had the privilege to visit some of them in Poland. Polish Orthodox Church is one of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Churches. The church was established in 1924, to accommodate Orthodox Christians of Polish, Belarusian and …

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Rome: ancient temples and the Jewish Ghetto

There is one more part of Rome that I would like to talk about: the Basiilica of St. Nicholas in Prison and its area. It is located near two ancient temples: Temple of Portunus (the one closer to us) and  Temple of Hercules Victor. Walking around this part of the …

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Rome: Via Appia Antica

The most famous public Roman road, stretching towards Brindisi to open access to the Mediterranean; a sacred place for Christianity; a vision of Napoleon, who dreamed of turning it into the world’s largest archaeological park; a fixed destination and source of inspiration for artists, poets and travellers of the 19th …

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Rome: Quo Vadis Domine?

Hello from Via Appia Antica in Rome. I would like to invite you to see this ancient road leading to the ancient part of the city. Via Appia Antica is the place where we visit the catacombs and Roman mausoleums. But I would like to begin exploring this road with …

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Ravenna: Classe

Classe is located several kilometres from Ravenna. It used to be an ancient port, very important for the Roman Empire. Today, tourists come to Classe to visit this very important church, one of eight early Christian monuments on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites: Basilica di S. Apollinare in Classe. …

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Ravenna: San Appolinare Nuovo

Ravenna has brick palaces, cobblestone streets, magnificent monuments, and spectacular Byzantine mosaics. In 402, Ravenna became the capital of the Western Empire. Emperor Honorius moved his court from Milan to Ravenna for fear of barbarians. The year 476 marked the end of the Western Roman Empire and the barbarian king …

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Ravenna: San Vitale

Hello from Ravenna! After studying iconology and Eastern Orthodox iconography for 10 months during the last school year, I decided to spend three days in Ravenna, Italy. It is a fascinating town. Ravenna is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Eight Early Christian monuments of the city have …

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Italy: Assisi

What a charming town: beautiful, very religious and inexpensive! It is a lovely Umbrian town, a very popular destination for pilgrims who come here to pay homage to St Francis and St Clara. This red-and-white-striped church with a wide piazza is Basilica di Santa Clara. The church is dedicated to …

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Assisi: Casa di Ospitalita “Maria Immacolata”

Hello from Assisi !!!What a treat. Assisi is a gorgeous small town, very quiet with beautiful views: The place where we are staying is Casa di Opitalita “Maria Immacolata” run by the Franciscan sisters. It is a great place to stay in Assisi, great location, clean and the sisters are …

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