The Church of the Holy Theophany, a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, completed in 1696 looks like a pink frosted four layer cake. We were passing by with our group.“This is a special surprise for you, Catherine!” said my guide, Irina, during my multinational tour of Moscow this past week. “We are in front of a sculpture dedicated to two monks who translated the Bible from Greek into Russian.”
I saw a massive black sculpture of two monks with writing materials, donated by the Greek government in the year 2007. The inscription in Russian and Greek read “This is dedicated to the monks Ioannikos and Sofronios Leihoudes who brought enlightenment. A gift from the Greek Government to Moscow.” Everyone in our tour was astonished. Seeing Byzantine civilization alive and well in Russia opened my eyes to the enduring legacy of the unique Byzantines.