Friday, March 12, 2010


Uglich, in winter. An ancient town on the Volga, to the north of Moscow. "A corner of the field." The Tsarevitch Dimitry, youngest son of Ivan,and last in the line of Rurik princes, banished to Uglich after Ivan's death, and found murdered there in the courtyard of the palace. (See Boris Godunov, the Time of Troubles, and a rush of pseudo-Dimitry's).

On that spot, in 1690, the city constructed a small church (St Demetrios on the Blood) "which appears on the horizon with its red walls and blue domes as one sails north on the Volga."

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