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Cathedral of Our Lady of Odigitrievsky, Ulan-Ude, Russia – a brief photo essay

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We visited on Sunday at 4pm as the church bells rang out for the service. Faithful arrived, crossing themselves three times at the gate and again before entering the church. Women wore headscarves. A selection of spare scarves hung by the doors. A store sold icons and books in the foyer.

The congregation of mostly women stood, there were no seats. Priests in red and gold robes walked around the church swinging incense. Prayers were said and hymns sung beautifully.

A colourful playground was in full use in the church grounds. Dogs played in the dirt road outside. An old woman prayed for spare coins at the gate. The congregation seemed generous.

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