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Old Nov 11th 2013, 06:41 PM
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Guess another clue is due. The city was called Pressburg when it was under German rule.
Now I know it.

And I only know it from my WW2 game simulator. I remember seeing "Pressburg" on the map and wondering what the heck is that place since I've never heard of the name.

It has to be Bratislava (don't know if this is correct spelling - I barely know this city). I didn't realize that was a Gaelic founded town, or that it had Roman significance. That's late period Roman Empire for the Province of Dacia.
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Old Nov 11th 2013, 08:23 PM
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That is correct.

Interesting city. It used to be on the same level as Vienna or Prague but it declined in the 19th century.

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Old Dec 23rd 2013, 01:27 PM
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Old Dec 23rd 2013, 03:27 PM
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This Russian city is near the mighty fortress complex of the Pechorsky Cave Monastery

so-called because 3 of its most ancient cathedrals are, going back to the site's founding, in 1472 literally, underground, in caves



all are still active, and monks regularly perform services in them

(only two of the underground cathedrals are open to the public; the Uspensky Cave Cathedral is for monks only)

In 1472, Hieromonk Ioann (Ivan Shestnik, middle) and four other monks

came to the area, and declared these caves had the spirit of God in them. The monks would, therefore, settle in the caves, and establish a monastery there.

Later, as Russia fought Sweden for power over the Baltic region, the (Lithuanian) knights of the Livonian Order, loyal to the Swedish King, attacked it, repeatedly, increasingly back by Sweden's own forces; but the Russian monks, who, by that time, were both plenty and well armed, as well as ready to sacrifice their lives for their Orthodox faith (unlike, as it turned out, the "heroic" Crusaders hehehe), drove off all the attackers, until the Duchies of Novgorod and Moscow sent their armies to reinforce them, led by the legendary Tsar Aleksandr (the battle against the Livonians and Swedes will make him legendary, he was not so legendary before)

and Russia had finally won the war with Sweden for the region. By 1510, a powerful wall had been built around the monastery complex, and more and more defenses were added over centuries, as the monastery remained a Russian outpost, on the frontier with a hostile, non-Orthodox (and therefore not really Christian, according our Church lol) Europe, and so mighty were these defenses, that even during the war with Napoleon, when French invaders poured into the area, resident from surrounding communities rushed to hide in the monastery, and the French, though besieged it for a long time, could not take it, even with artillery (actually, the monks had cannons too hehe).

Today, it is a beautiful historic complex, looks like something out of fairy tales



Groups of pilgrims from all around the country go to this holy place on religious holidays


Many young people, which I think is wonderful

they come to stay for awhile, and get back in touch with their culture and the spirits of their ancestors.


Many even help out with work around the monastery


People come in whole families


A Cross Procession to the Monastery, during the last anniversary of the Christening of Russia


Amazing place. So where is it?
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Old Dec 23rd 2013, 06:45 PM
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So in that battle, Russia's Swedes defeated Sweden's Swedes eh?

Rus and Swedes are the same people, but whatever. A political border separates them so I guess people therefore assume they are different ethnicities.

Novgorod (and most of northwest Russia) was founded by Swedes. You should know that.

As for the city, it is definitely in the northwest - you can tell because all the locals and even the architecture looks Swedish!

I'll guess Kiev, because that's the only city I've heard of in Russia with church-caves.
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Old Dec 23rd 2013, 08:50 PM
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Kiev isn't even in Russia, Michael. Tsk.

I'm going with Smolensk. Not a clue if it's related to cave churches but Napoleon passed there, LOL.
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Old Dec 24th 2013, 02:51 PM
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Kiev isn't even in Russia, Michael. Tsk.
Might as well tell me that England isn't in Europe.
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Old Dec 24th 2013, 05:41 PM
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Another clue. It is near the Estonian border.
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Old Dec 24th 2013, 09:45 PM
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Another clue. It is near the Estonian border.
I don't know
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Old Dec 24th 2013, 10:39 PM
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Pskov.
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