Today’s Ruby Tuesday photographs (hosted here) are some I took in Constanta, Romania in 2006 when we were on a cruise that visited Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea. The local press were there to meet the ship – it was the first time a cruise ship had been to Constanta in years! Constanta was dreary and depressing and we were nearly run over. This car hit the traffic lights not 2m from where we were standing!
After an uninspiring time wandering in the town, we were on the bus back to the ship, but I jumped off the bus and went to have a look at this church, St Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, mainly because I was so disappointed with Constanta and was hoping to have one rewarding experience. The church was interesting, ornate and different. The frescoes were alarming! The first one depicts a very different view of the afterlife to the one I envisage and hope for! Here are my RED photos. It looks like a river of blood is being swallowed by the fish or snake monster in the first. Scary stuff! It reminds me of the gruesome Last Judgement by Taddeo di Bartolo in the Collegiata in San Gimignano. The second is less nightmare-ish.
I probably visited 50 or more churches, cathedrals and chapels in the 10 weeks we were in Europe (maybe more) and this was one of the most unusual.
I’m glad I have the assurance of heaven!