Russian Orthodox Church in Vilnius

Friday, February 20, 2015



On the same sunny day that J and I walked to the Bernardine Cemetery, we also decided to stroll all the way down Gedimino street to visit a church that we had only seen from a distance.  This Russian Orthodox church (you can tell by the slanted horizontal crossbeam on the cross at the top of the church) has a mouthful of a name - Church of the Apparition of the Holy Mother of God - whew! 

Similar to other Orthodox churches, the inside is decorated with numerous icons and places to light candles. The inside is beautiful, but not notably different from other Orthodox churches that I've been to around the world. I'm sorry that I don't have any photos to show from the inside, but I just felt uncomfortable photographing the inside - better to play it on the safe side than be disrespectful!

One thing I that was unexpected to me was that some women covered their hair when entering the church. I checked to see if this was necessary before entering (I had a scarf with me), it was not, but this is something I've never seen before in an Orthodox church. Does anyone know if this is specific to certain regions?






Do you visit churches when you travel?

8 comments:

  1. Such a pretty walk. www.eatallovertheworld.com

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    1. It is a pretty walk! We also found some great cafes along the way!

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  2. I do love a Russian Orthodox Church. They always have such elaborate names!

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    1. Me too. This is the longest name I've ever heard- but I'm sure there are even longer!

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  3. I love your pictures, what a beautiful building! :)

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    1. Thank you! It was a beautiful day for photos.

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  4. thanx for your blog! i really like it :) i decided to answer your question about covering hair before entering the church. it's a common tradition in the Russian orthodox church. it roots in an ancient Christian tradition from apostolic times when all married women had to cover their hair when visiting the church. at present, some of the orthodox churches of the world (Serbian, Greek etc) do not follow the tradition, but it's still being kept in the Russian church.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this information! That is good to know for when I visit churches here.

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