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2013: Seeking the Face of Christ

kievPurpose: This pilgrimage is intended to provide a context for understanding the interplay of religion and culture in post-Soviet Ukraine, through examining the art forms that are histori-cally reflected in Orthodox icons and in other cultural art forms. It is also designed to be illuminating for those who do not come from the Orthodox traditions, so as to be briefly immersed in a variety of experiences that can inform participants in a deepened spiritual conversation with their own traditions or spiritual paths. This pilgrimage will take place immediately after observ-ing our Western Easter, but during what is yet the Lenten season for Orthodox- a further opportunity for pilgrimage participants to put into context how deep and rich this tradition is for its ad-herents. For all participants, a concluding goal is to heighten an appreciation for the richness of the more than a thousand years of Orthodox practice and presence in Ukraine.

April 9 – 18, 2013
Endorsed by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

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The planned Vienna itinerary includes:

  • A city excursion touring the Opera House, Parliament
  • Exploring gothic churches
  • “Night Vienna”- a visit to Vienna Woods, Kahlenberg
  • An excursion to Imperial Vienna- Shenbrunn Palace
  • A Strudel Show at “The Residence” restaurant, sampling apple strudel and Vienna coffee
  • A visit to Sisi Museum where the Imperial treasures are on display\
  • Free time at the end for exploring local shops

Among the planned activities in Lviv are:

  • A visit to Pachaiv Monastery
  • A tour of Oleskyi Castle
  • A visit to traditional and new churches to explore both their architecture and icons
  • A guided city tour

The planned activities for Kyiv include:

  • Excursion to Pechersk Lavra, 1000 years old
  • Ethographic Museum
  • Chernobyl Museum
  • St. Sophia Cathedral, also 1000 years old
  • Academy of Art
  • Mariyinskyi Palace
  • Monument to Vladimir the Baptist
  • St. Michael’s Cathedral
  • St. Vladimir’s Cathedral
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