There is so much amazing architecture here. I've forgotten the name of this church. Our translator came to pick us up for our SDA appointment, for our referral, (which we haven't heard if we got yet) and then we walked home, and she gave us a little impromptu tour, with lots of history, stories and legends thrown in. The churches are very old, and many have been rebuilt several times, but most of the most beautiful buildings were built in the 1800's.
Here we are standing on the steps of St. Andrew's, which is right next to the SDA office. We went into the church while we were waiting for our appointment, and I got goosebumps. It is so ornate, and drop-dead gorgeous. It was really powerful, to think of the hours, pain-staking attention to detail, and pure committment, that would make someone want to create something this beautiful, in which to worship God. David said it made him want to kneel, and make the sign of the cross, but since he doesn't know how things are done in the Russian Orthodox Church, he didn't want to offend. Our translator wondered why, in this day and age, when we have all the technology, and labor-saving tools and equipment, we don't create beautiful buildings like these anymore.