Vladimir V. Riabov



My wife, Lyra, and I visited many Holy Places around the World (in Israel, Palestine, Greece, Vatican, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, USA, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Japan, and other counties). These photos are brief stories of the visits.
Israel and Palestine    

Jerusalem. View from the Mount of Olives.

Jerusalem. The Western (Wailing) Wall.

Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock.


Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Calvarium (Golgotha). The Chapel of the Crucifixion. Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Jerusalem. The Via Dolorosa, 
Fourth Station.

Yardenit. The Pligrim Baptismal Site.

Haifa. The Bahai Shrine.




Bethlehem. The Church of the Nativity.

Bethlehem. The Cradle of Jesus.

Bethlehem. The Silver Star Grotto.

Bethlehem. The Church of the Nativity (interior).




The Grotto of Nativity. Bethlehem. The Church of the Nativity.

Capernaum. The ancient Synagogue, which is built on the site of the original building, where Jesus preached during His Galilean Ministry.

Masada. Israel.

Eternal Unity.
Near the Western Wall in Jerusalem.



Parthenon, Acropolis.
Athens, Greece, c. 447-432 BC.

Erechtheion, Acropolis.
Athens, Greece, c. 421-406 BC.

Hephaisteion, Ancient Agora.
Athens, Greece, c. 447-432 BC.

Lion Gate, Mycenae, Greece, c. 1300 BC.


The Sanctuary of Aphia on Aegina. The Worship site dates 1300BC.

The Klytemnestra's Tomb. Mycenae, Greece, c.1250BC.

The Temple of Apollo.
Ancient Corinth, Greece, c. 44 BC.

The Tholos. Delphi. Greece, 
4th-century BC.

Stoa of Attalos, Ancient Agora.
Athens, Greece, c. 159-138 BC.

The Agora, Ancient Corinth.
Greece, c. 146 BC.

The Church of Agios Nikolaos Ragavas. Plaka, Athens, Greece, 11th century AD.

The Church of St. Nectarios. Aegina. Greece, c. 1920 AD.


The Temple of Apollo.
Ancient Delphi, Greece, 6th-century BC.

Athenian Treasury. Delphi, Greece.

The Temple of Zeus. Olympia.
Greece, 5th-century BC.

The Temple of Hera. Olympia.
Greece, 7th-century BC.



The Monastery of Varlaam.
Meteora, Greece, c. 1350-1518 AD.
The Monastery of St. Stephen.
Meteora, Greece.

Icon-Artist. Meteora, Greece.

The Rousanou's Monastery.  








The Basilica of St. Peter. Vatican.

The St. Peter's Square. The Pope's Palace. Vatican.

The Sistine Chapel. Ceiling (fragment). Frescoes  by Michelangelo.





The Pieta by Michelangelo. Raphael: School of Athens (fragment). Raphael: Stanza dell 'Incendio di Borgo
(the Fire in the Borgo).


Michelangelo: Moses.
Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli. Rome.
Pantheon, Rome. c. 27 BC. The Tomb of Raphael. Pantheon, Rome. The Church of Trinita dei Monti at Spanish Steps. Rome. 1502 AD. The Basilica di Santa Marco. Venice.  

The Cathedral (Duomo), Santa Maria del Fiore. Florence. 1420-34 AD. The Basilica di Santa Croce. Florence. Michelangelo's Tomb. The Basilica di Santa Croce. Florence. The Basilica di Santa Lorenzo. Florence. Michelangelo:
The Medici Tomb. Florence.
The Basilica di Santa Zaccaria. Venice. 9th century AD.  


Raphael: Madonna della Seggiola. Pitti Palace. Florence. Michelangelo: The Holy Family. Uffizi, Florence. Raphael: Julius II, The Pope. Uffizi, Florence. The Forum. Pompei.

The Basilica of St. Fransis. Assisi.


The Cathedral. Siena. The Baptistery. Pisa, c. 1153 AD.  The Cathedral. Pisa, c. 1063 AD.  The Cathedral (interior). Pisa. The Leaning Tower. Pisa. The Cathedral. Orvieto.


The Basilica of St. Antonio. Padua. The Church of St. Michele at Foro.
Lucca, 12th century AD.
The baptismal font. The Church of San Frediano. Lucca. The Cathedral. Amalfi. The Church of St. Michele. Capri.  







Sainte-Chapelle, Paris. Sainte-Chapelle (interior), Paris. Sainte-Chapelle, Paris. The Royal Chapel, Versailles. The Church of St. Merry,

Notre-Dame, Paris. Notre-Dame (Rose Window), Paris. Notre-Dame (interior), Paris. Notre-Dame (interior), Paris. View from Notre-Dame, Paris.

The Church of St. Paul
and St. Louis, Paris.


The Church of St. Severin, Paris. St. Severin (interior), Paris. St. Severin (interior), Paris.  Pantheon, Paris. Pantheon, Paris.  


Icons. Louvre, Paris. Ghirlandaio: Old Man with Grandson. Louvre. Sacre-Coeur, Paris.  Pantheon (interior), Paris. The Church at Rue Saint Honore. Paris.  


Hotel Dieu.
Beaune, 1451 AD.
The Hospices.
Beaune, 1443 AD.
The Hospices (interior). Beaune. The Church of St-Jean.
Lyon, 1192 AD.
Basilique St-Martin, Tour.  




The Church of St-Nicolas, Pont St-Benezet. Avignon, 1177 AD. Palais des Papes. Avignon, 1334 AD. Notre-Dame (entrance).  Paris.      



Carcassonne, 5th-13th centuries AD. Basilique St-Nazaire. Carcassonne. Basilique St-Nazaire (interior). Maison Carree. Nimes, 1st century AD.    


Basilique du Rosaire. Lourdes, 19th cent. AD. Fresco in the Basilique du Rosaire. Grotto of the Miracles. Lourdes. Candles. Lourdes. The Chapel. Rouen.  

Le Mont-St-Michel. Cloister. Abbey.
Le Mont-St-Michel.
The Chapel. Ambroise. The Chapel (interior). Sainte Jeanne d'Arc. Notre-Dame.  Paris. Sainte Therese. Notre-Dame.  Paris. Ste-Jeanne-d'Arc. Rouen.

Notre-Dame. Rouen.

Portail de la Calende. Notre-Dame. Rouen.

Interior.  Notre-Dame. Rouen. Interior.
Eglise Ste-Jeanne-d'Arc. Rouen. Eglise Ste-Jeanne-d'Arc. Rouen.



D-Day Memorial, Normandy. D-Day Memorial. D-Day Cemetery. D-Day Cemetery. Normandy.    


Main Gate. Meiji Shrine (Shinto). Tokyo. Purification. Meiji Shrine. Tokyo. Gate. Meiji Shrine. Tokyo.

Drummer. Meiji Shrine.



Tree Memos. Meiji Shrine. Tokyo. Pagoda. Chinzao-so Garden, Tokyo. Gate. Asakusa Temple. Tokyo. Temple (interior). Hakone Lake region.  


Pagoda. Asakusa Temple. Tokyo. Gate. Asakusa Temple. Tokyo. Sake barrels. Asakusa Temple. Tokyo. Buddha at the Checking Point.
Hakone Lake region.

Gate. Asakusa Temple. Tokyo.



Hakone Lake region. Purifier. Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kamakura. Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kamakura. Notes. Hachiman-gu Shrine, Kamakura.  


Wooden Tablets. Hachiman-gu Shrine. Relics Shop. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura. Drum. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura. Inner Court. Hachiman-gu Shrine. Wooden Tablets. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura.  


Screen. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura. Monk preparing for a ceremony. Priests preparing for a ceremony. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura. Procession. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura.  


Daibutsu, the Great Buddha. Kamakura. Sacred Tree. Hachiman-gu Shrine,  Kamakura. Gate. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura. Bell. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura. Garden Gate. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura.  


Buddha. Kencho-ji Temple. Kamakura. Site for Praying. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura. Drum. Kencho-ji Temple. Kamakura. Interior. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura. Lotus. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto.  


Garden. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura. Lotus Fountain. Kencho-ji (Zen) Temple. Kamakura. Pavilion. Heian Jingu Shrine. Kyoto. Pagoda.  Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto.  


Main Gate. Heian Jingu Shrine. Kyoto.  Heian Jingu Shrine. Kyoto. Left Wing.  Heian Jingu Shrine. Kyoto.

Lily Pond. Heian Jingu Shrine.




Purifier.  Heian Jingu Shrine. Kyoto. Covered Bridge. Heian Jingu Shrine. Gate to  Sanju-sangendo Hall. Kyoto. Site at the Sanju- sangendo Hall. Kyoto.    


Sanju-sangendo Hall. Kyoto. 1,001 Buddha images. Sanju-sangendo Hall. Kyoto. Buddha images. Sanju-sangendo Hall. Great Buddha. Sanju-sangendo Hall. Buddha images. Sanju-sangendo Hall.  



Small Buddha. Sanju-sangendo Hall. Purifier. Sanju-sangendo Hall site. Kyoto. Pond. Sanju-sangendo Hall site. Kyoto.

Gate. Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto.




Main Gate. Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto. Bell. Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto. Purification. Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto. Buddha. Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto.    



Site at the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto. Main Gate. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Garden Altar. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Lilies. Ryoanji Temple site. Kyoto.    



Stone Garden. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Interior. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Bell. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Water Source. Ryoanji Temple.    



Closed Gate. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Stone Steps. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Building. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Closed Gate. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto.    


Lotus Pond. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Sacred Pines. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Small House. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Stone Budha. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto. Memorial Plate. Ryoanji Temple. Kyoto.  


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Copyrightę2001-2005 Vladimir Riabov

Last update: September, 2005