Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Notice anything unusual in the picture? Anything at all catches the eye?

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Well, let me give you a hand here.

The golden domed cathedral is St. Vladimir Cathedral, a reconstruction of an ancient basilica (Wiki – The 1935 Basilica is the most famous basilica excavated in Chersonesus. The original name is unknown so “1935” refers to the year it was opened.The basilica was probably built in the 6th century on the site of an earlier temple, assumed by historians to be a synagogue, itself replacing a small temple dating from the early days of Christianity. The 1935 basilica is often used as an image representing Chersonesos. Its picture appears on one Ukrainian banknote.)  where, presumably, Czar Vladimir the Great Christianized the Kiev Russ (Wikipedia).  The ruins in the foreground are the ancient Greek settlement of Chersonesus, located in the outskirts of Sevastopol, in the Crimea peninsula (Wikipedia). Doesn’t it sound like a remarkable place? Think about it. A Greek settlement dating back some 2,500 years was built around an even more ancient Byzantine city. Much later it was chosen as the birthplace for Christianity in the Kiev Russ. Nowadays, it is a modern and quite well-know city of Sevastopol, a hero city, a benchmark in the WWII. But even though Khersones, as we call it, is a protected and preserved National Heritage site, a couple of private houses and a RED BEER TENT (on the right) could not escape the mystical attraction of the place.

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