St Petersburg (2)

Ever wondered why Russian churches have domed shaped minarets? I was told it ensures that after a heavy snowfall, the snow will not collect. Of course, it follows the Byzantine tradition.

Photographer: SJ

Our history also says that this onion shaped cupola and the drum below together are a symbol of a burning candle. And a burning candle is a symbol of constant prayer. The idea is, even if you pass by and don't walk into the church, you're still sure that somebody inside is praying for everybody including yourself

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