Near where we live, right in town, is the Aleksander Nevsky Cemetery. It was founded in 1775 and is a treasure trove of history. just beckoning for discovery. We found it quite by chance one day as we were on a long walk. As we entered, we felt as if we had been transported to another time in the world - a time when things were very different and very simple. A place where culture played a large role in daily life, including the burial of the dead.
|Main gate of the Aleksander Nivsky Cemetery|
Closed to automobiles. To enter through the gate, you must walk through the small portal on the left
|Many graves are placed in raised mounds like this one|
|Many graves are grouped within cast iron fencing|
|The crosses are usually very large and decorative|
|This gate was placed in 1908|
All around us are the markings of the human race in dealing with their mortality. It is a somber place with many reminders that death is a portal we all must pass through at some time in our sojourn here on earth. The setting sun, see picture below, symbolizes the end of a mortal journey. Yet in the midst of death, there springs forth the hope of a better life, much like the hope of flowers that push their way through the wintered soil, reaching, ever reaching for warmth and life.
|Spring flowers symbolize the hope we have in Jesus Christ for a new life, free from the pains and sadness of physical and spiritual death|