Friday, May 02, 2014


Translated from the Russian  @ Dilapidated Page
“St. Prince Vladimir looks out over Kiev from Vladimir Hill…
“This opens up a summer cinema Vladimir Hill with its evening and night sessions (only if in Kiev!), On the upper terrace - outdoor cafes where you can drink a cup of coffee, listening to the nightingale trills and admiring the immense distances of the Dnieper. Here, under the night sky, studded with big stars, kissing couples in love, in love ... explained:
Imagine several generations remember the people of Kiev Vladimir Hill location as passionate declarations of love! Graduates Kiev schools traditionally greeted the dawn after the prom is on Vladimir Hill. Romantic place.”

In other words it’s the best place in the city to go and watch the submarine races. Yes, I can see that!

"Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure."

In 988 AD Vladimir, a practicing pagan, sent envoys out to neighboring lands to look for a more politically correct and suitable religion. 
Upon reporting back, he dismissed Islam because the envoys reported there was “no gladness among them, only sorrow”. Islam was undesirable as well due to its taboo against alcoholic beverages and pork. Vladimir remarked on the occasion: "Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure."
Judaism was dismissed because the Jews had lost Jerusalem, so surely their God had abandoned them.
But the Orthodox Christianity they witness in Constantinople, where the full festival ritual of the Byzantine Church was set in motion to impress them, they found their ideal:
"We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth, nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it"

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