Saturday, April 4, 2015

D is for the Detinets, Novgorod, Russia


 




 D is for the Detinets, also called the Novgorod Kremlin, in Veliky Novgorod, Russia.  The original fortress dates to 1044, with the gate here showing 1155.  The stone fortress was built by Ivan the Third in the late 15th century.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.





Cathedral of Saint Sophia, also called the Cathedral of Holy Wisdom.  The carved doors, below, on the West entrance.





Tolkien Bonus:  D is for the Dunedain of the North.  The males of the Dunedain became Rangers, protecting Men and Hobbits and were foes of Sauron.


22 comments:

  1. That's awe inspiring - I love forts. The doors of the cathedral are so intricate! Beautiful entry for D,

    Cheers,
    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Who knew there was more than one Kremlin.

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  2. What a beautiful gate! And the carved door is breath-taking! Nice post.
    Hope you're having fun with the A-Z...
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  3. Those are beautiful pictures of Russia. I would love to see it someday. One thing I didn't like about the movies was that they didn't have the Dunedain riding to help Aragon in the final battle.

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    1. In the first movie of the trilogy I was like 'OMG they left out______'. Then I just gave up and focused on what they did do. Never realized they left out the Dunedain.

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  4. These are such great pictures and that door is magnificent. I noticed Capricorn (archer) on the bottom right. I am trying to figure out the story told-is it the Story of Christ? This fort looks so solid. I meant to say I have been watching all the clips of the LOTR and loving every minute. I still have to read this great story but I did see the films. I know allot was taken out but I also heard Peter Jackson still did a great job which I think he did. It seemed to go really well with this Russian post

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    1. I don't think they told us what the door scenes meant. Many doors tell the story of creation and Christ, so maybe so. I love the Tolkien books. Wish I had found them when I was younger. I was thinking that in the 60's, when I was in HS, they would not have been considered classics.

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  5. Never heard of Detinets before. Quite a fortress. Except for the first one haven't been watching the video clips. Will come back and do so later. Cooking day today.

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    1. Well, I came across the word when I was putting my posts together. Don't think it ever came up when I was in Russia. My cooking for today is done. I finished the cake.

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    2. Lamb goes in the oven at 4:30 - everything else is done now.

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  6. I've never seen photos of this "castle." Thanks for sharing, and for dropping by my blog. I love your adding the Tolkien films to these posts! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. There was so much to see in Russia that I never was aware of before.

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  7. Gorgeous pics!

    Have you toured China yet? I would love to read some of your experiences with Chinese cuisine if you have.

    Mee (The Chinese Quest)

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    1. No. My planned trip to China got cancelled when I shattered my leg a few years ago. I never rescheduled. One of my sons who has traveled there for work keeps telling me to go.

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  8. I love that door! It must have taken ages to make. The fortress looks pretty intimidating, too.

    (In reply to your comment above: OUCH! I'm sorry about your leg. :( )

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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    1. Fortunately, two surgeries, months of being laid up and then physical therapy and the leg is better than new, lol. I do not recommend it though.

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  9. Such beautiful pictures I love seeing photos of other countries. Thanks so much for sharing. I am now following you. Very nice to meet you and I hope you can find time to stop by me and follow me also under my Linky Followers in my side bar. THANKS.

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    1. Glad you like the pictures. I'll check out your blog. I'm always looking for new blogs to follow.

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  10. wow the place looks so regal ... beautiful architecture

    Wanderlust Postcards

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  11. Nothing like forts and fortresses to whisper secrets of history. They look so calm in the modern era, but back then they must have been hotbeds of intrigue and conflict.

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