Sounds of chanting chimed in with the bells as I entered the cathedral, typically Russian with its onion domes
. Bunches of white blooms, tied to pews here and there, spoke of a wedding held the day before while a stream of silver-haired worshippers huddled around a corner with frail candles in their hands.
Just as the mediaeval fortress of Tallinn is overtopped by the onion domes
of the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral built by the last Tsar, and just as the grey bunkers of Soviet times still obtrude among the hi-tech glass buildings of the last decade, so the large (and still largely unabsorbed) Russian minority in the country presents a continuing challenge to the building of a new and integrated society.
Golden onion domes
, black caviar, orange Siberian tigers, red Soviet flags, yellow palaces, the gray Moscow metro subway, and colorful icon paintings help characterize Russia.
But as you near the city centre, the beautiful, baroque churches with their exotic, gold, silver and multi-coloured tiled onion domes
are as lovely as ever.
Bloomingdale's will work to preserve the character of the Medinah Temple by restoring the canopies and recreating the historic onion domes
. "The stand-alone space is a restored landmark building with a spectacular presence," said Spring.
Much of the ballet's magic lies in Desmond Heeley's sets and costumes: his sparkling icescape with its bluish undertones; the wedding scene with its distant, dreamlike onion domes
; and the penetrating brilliance of the costume colors.
Blue onion domes
are dedicated to Mary, the mother of Christ.
The roof structure is expressed as a dramatic cluster of bulbous onion domes
, partly inspired by Louis Kahn and partly by the Spanish presence in Nicaragua.
Thanks in part to the post-war establishment of an open-air museum at Kizhi, where 87 wooden buildings are assembled around two original 18th-century wooden churches with astonishing superstructures of timber onion domes
It's well worth the steep climb from the Lower Town to Upper Town to see the castle - although you can't go in - and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with its typical Russian onion domes
Finished in 1561, its brilliantly coloured onion domes
are one of the great symbols of Russia and jaw droppingly impressive.
Completed in 2001, it is an exciting mix of materials, shapes and colours, topped by four golden onion domes