Russia in winter

Russian winter is unthinkable without snow. And though it was unnaturally warm for December (so we had to carry umbrellas and change into autumn clothes), the winter has finally set in and covered the country with long-awaited snow. The Pravoslavie.ru website is offering you a gallery of selected photographs of Holy Russia (Rus’) in winter—its nature, people and churches. We wish our readers to spend the Christmas holidays to the benefit of body and soul.

Sunny forest

Sunny forest

(photo by Sergei Malinin)

Frost on Theophany

Frost on Theophany

(photo by Archbishop Maximilian (Lazarenko) / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

First snow on the Sherna river (a river in the Vladimir and Moscow regions). A view of the St. Nicholas Church

First snow on the Sherna river (a river in the Vladimir and Moscow regions). A view of the St. Nicholas Church

(photo by Irina Beloturova)

The Kantyube Mountain, Urals

The Kantyube Mountain, Urals

(photo by Alexei Klekovkin)

The Church of St. Dimitry Prilutsky on Navolok, the city of Vologda

The Church of St. Dimitry Prilutsky on Navolok, the city of Vologda

(photo by Archbishop Maximilian (Lazarenko) / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

(Photo by Archbishop Maximilian (Lazarenko) / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

Solovki Monastery

Solovki Monastery

(photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew’s Church

(photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

(Photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

The bells ring joyfully in frosty weather

The bells ring joyfully in frosty weather

(photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

(Photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

The first ray of light

The first ray of light

(photo by Sergei Veretennikov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

Theophany immersion

Theophany immersion

(photo by Vladimir Khodakov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

Sunset

Sunset

(photo by Anatoly Zabolotsky / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

The Lavra

The Lavra

(photo by Hierodeacon Gerasim (Pichugin) / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

A Nativity scene in Yakutia

A Nativity scene in Yakutia

(photo by Marina Yurchenko / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

A Nativity scene in Yakutia

A Nativity scene in Yakutia

(photo by Marina Yurchenko / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

Frosty haze

Frosty haze

(photo by Marina Yurchenko / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru)

The Crimea in winter

The Crimea in winter

(photo by Daniel Korzhonov)

The Crimea in winter

The Crimea in winter

(photo by Sergei Yershov)

The Holy Trinity Church in Antarctica

The Holy Trinity Church in Antarctica

The last ray

The last ray

(photo by Daniel Korzhonov)

Photo by Vladimir

His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All the Russias

His Holiness Patriarch Alexis II of Moscow and All the Russias

photo by Vladimir Khodakov / Expo.Pravoslavie.ru

Belaya Gora (White Mountain) and surroundings (a name of a mountain and village in the Perm region)

Belaya Gora (White Mountain) and surroundings (a name of a mountain and village in the Perm region)

Belogorsky St. Nicholas Monastery, Perm region

Belogorsky St. Nicholas Monastery, Perm region

(photo by Vadim Balakin / Severniye Zemli)

Around Belaya Gora

Around Belaya Gora

(photo by Vladimir Chuprikov)

A winter landscape in Belaya Gora area

A winter landscape in Belaya Gora area

(photo by Vladimir Chuprikov)

Winter magic

Winter magic

(photo by Vladimir)

Svetlaya (Bright) Bay, sea of Okhotsk

Svetlaya (Bright) Bay, sea of Okhotsk

(photo by Alexei Gnezdilov)

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

(photo by Vladimir Yeshtokin / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

A Russian village

A Russian village

Winter sunrise above the Istra river, the Moscow region

Winter sunrise above the Istra river, the Moscow region

(photo by Andrei Ulyashev)

Ice on Lake Baikal

Ice on Lake Baikal

(photo by Daniel Korzhonov)

Nighttime fairy tale

Nighttime fairy tale

(photo by Maxim Yevdokimov)

A monk fees a winter bird

A monk fees a winter bird

(photo by Anatoly Zabolotsky / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

The sun illumines the trees covered in hoarfrost

The sun illumines the trees covered in hoarfrost

(photo by Vitaly from N-sk)

Photo by Marateaman

Friends

Friends

(photo by Elena Shumilova)

(Photo by Elena Shumilova)

Kazakhstan, Lake Borovoye, the Goluboy Zaliv (Blue Bay) inlet

Kazakhstan, Lake Borovoye, the Goluboy Zaliv (Blue Bay) inlet

(photo by Leonid Dyachenko)

Frost and the sun

Frost and the sun

(photo by Viktor Kornyushin / Expo.Pravoslavie.Ru)

Winter sunrise

Winter sunrise

(photo by Ilia Melnikov)

Winter sleep

Winter sleep

(photo by Tatiana Smirnova)

A lovely evening on Green Mountain, Sheregesh, the Kemerovo region

A lovely evening on Green Mountain, Sheregesh, the Kemerovo region

(photo by Valery Peshkov)

Frost and the sun

Frost and the sun

(photo by Marina Nikiforova)

The ragged sky

The ragged sky

(photo by Marina Brydnya)

The Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Red Square

The Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Red Square

Prepared by Anton Pospelov
Translation by Dmitry Lapa

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