Emperor Constantine built this ancient church. He loved Sofia so much, he wanted to make it the capital of the Byzantine Empire. The church is surrounded today by all these buildings because during the Communist era there was an attempt to hid religious sites from public view, so I am told.
As our cruise ship was leaving St. Petersburg, we passed by a navy installation with some Russian submarines, and not far from this military installation is this beautiful Orthodox Church, which I would imagine is used for the spiritual needs of the Navy and their families.
Be it in St. Petersburg or anywhere in the world, Christian communities have decorated their churches with beautiful paintings, icons, mosaics and the like for devotional and didactic purposes.
As you enter into the Chora Church in Istanbul, there is a door that will bring you to the side chapel that served as a mortuary chapel and among the frescoes that you will find there is the Anastasis, the Resurrection. Christ, who had just broken down the gates of hell, is standing in the middle and pulling Adam and Eve out of their tombs. It expresses the fulfilment of man’s hope, for immortality, and transcendence. A Blessed Easter to everyone!