Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral located in the historical town of Mtskheta, Georgia. Svetitskhoveli, known as the burial site of Christ's mantle, has long been the principal Georgian church and remains one of the most venerated places of worship to this day. It presently functions as the seat of the archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, who is at the same time Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.
Wudang Monastery, China
About the Bird II
I saw it at one of the parks in Beijing. People want to make some money like everywhere in the world. Some of them are singing, some playing music and some are doing a bit of prestidigitation. But rarely somebody manages to get much attention; crowd mostly just passing over, barely throwing some coins to those guys. And this Chinese guy really succeeded to get a lot of crowd around himself. And all those people were really willing to share their coins in this case. Even were digging their pockets for getting some more. Cutting to the chase, this man held a bird on his hand. When somebody in the crowd put a coin on his hand and offered it to the bird, it flew over, landed on the hand and carefully picked it by its beak. Then it flew back to the man and he pocketed the coin. Everybody wanted the bird on their hands, so they were seeking out for more and more coins and were trying really hard to give them away. I'd say it's quite ingenious and elegant. Curious thing is – the bird seemingly didn't like silvery-colored coins, but mostly the copper-colored ones.
park in Beijing, China
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Different speed of life
street life in Fenghuang, China
Water calligraphy, Beijing, China
Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of the Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures from Anatolia and Iran, as well as the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture.
Mar Saba BW
The Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified, is a Greek Orthodox monastery overlooking the Kidron Valley in the West Bank. The traditional date for the founding of the monastery by Saint Sabas of Mutalaska, Cappadocia is the year 483 and today houses around 20 monks. It is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world, and still maintains many of its ancient traditions. One in particular is the restriction on women entering the main compound. The only building that women can enter is the Women's Tower, near the main entrance.
Nuremberg Castle, Bavaria, Germany
Svaneti, Caucasus, Georgia
Bahai Gardens on Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel