Friday, September 2, 2011

Russia - 3

Hi, This is the final post for Moscow.  This was the day for our visit to the Kremlin.  However, our first stop was across the Moscow river from the Kremlin for some photos.

Inside the Kremlin there are a number of areas that are off limits to visitors as this is still the seat of government.

This is the entrance to one of the government buildings.

This huge canon is called the Tzar's Canon.  The canon ball is so large it could not be fired.

There were numerous churches within the Kremlin.

The next day I took a Jewish Herritage optional tour.  Our first stop was at the Holocaust Memorial and Memorial Synagogue.  They are located in a large park dedicated to all those Russians who perished during World War II.

As part of the memorial there were slabs representing grave stones in the languages of each of the ethnic groups living within the USSR during WW II.

The memorial synagogue functions as a museum at present as no congregation has opted to use it.  That's too bad as it is a beautiful, though small and simple facility.

From the memorial park we went to the main synagogue in Moscow.  This is the Mezuzah at the entry way.  It contains a small portion of the Torah.

These are some interior views of the sanctuary.

Our ship sailed for St. Petersburg after our return to the ship.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.

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