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On the central street of every centuries-old city lies a small door to the art world. These are the old buildings with their decorations, bas-reliefs and sculptures - architectural masterpieces created with love. In this collection I gather photos of old buildings that I've taken while traveling around the world. I collect their stories, the biographies of their occupants and the architects who created them.

По централните улици на всеки многовековен град се крие една вратичка към изкуството. Това са старите сгради с техните декорации, барелефи и скулптури - архитектурни шедьоври създадени с много любов. В тази колекция събирам историите на старите сгради, които снимам, докато пътувам по света. Събирам биографиите на техните обитатели и на архитектите, които са ги създали.
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Church St. apostles Peter and Paul in Silistra, Bulgaria was built after the Crimean war /1856/ by the masters from the leading in this period Dryanovo School of Architecture. The murals were painted by the famous Bulgarian painter prof.Kozhuharov.

In 2001, during his visit to Bulgaria, the Pope John Paul II donated to Silistra Christian community part of the sacred relics of St. Dassiy. The relics - right shoulder bone are laid in a marble shrine box, which is kept in the Apostles St. Peter and Paul Metropolis Cathedral Temple.
So far these have been the only authentic relics on display of a saint-martyr of early Christian times, whose name is known.
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Ruse, Bulgaria
This house was the summer residence of millionaire Stefan Simeonov. The house was built in 1892, designed by architect Ludwig Meyer from Austria.
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Concert
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in the City of New York
Saturday, 14 June 2014
4:00 PM
Choral - Nun komm' der Haiden Heiland (Come now, Saviour of the heathen)
in Organo Pleno, Canto fermo in Pedale (cantus firmus chorale)
g-moll
BWV 661

Beneath a three part keyboard fugue, typical of Bach's large scale free organ fugues, with an angular quaver theme derived from the melody, the cantus firmus is heard in the pedal; the fugal theme, it's counter-subject and their inversions are combined in numerous ways in the course of the piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX0l7H6hGqE

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Organs

Musical offerings at Saint Thomas Church are enhanced through three organs. The Arents Memorial Chancel Organ was initially built as the "Opus 205" of the Ernest M. Skinner Company of Boston, Massachusetts in 1913. This organ, which was revised in 1945, boasted 4 manuals and 77 ranks. In 1956, the organ was rebuilt, as "Opus 205-A", by the Aeolian-Skinner Company by G. Donald Harrison (d. 1956), who died before the work was completed. This rebuilding expanded the organ to comprise 172 ranks. With damage to the reredos and the organ due to construction of the Museum of Modern Art, the church's immediate neighbor on West 53rd Street, Gilbert F. Adams of Brooklyn was contracted in 1969 to repair and rebuilt the organ. This revision decreased the number of ranks to 156. .

The Loening-Hancock Gallery Organ was built as "Opus 27" of 'Taylor & Boody Organbuilders, Inc.' of Staunton, Virginia in 1996 to honor Dr. Gerre Hancock for 25 years of service to Saint Thomas Church. Located in the Gallery beneath the church's Rose Window.
The Martha J. Dodge Positiv Organ was built and installed in December 2001 by 'Taylor & Boody Organbuilders, Inc.' of Staunton, Virginia. This organ consists of 5 ranks, and is used as a continuo organ.


On October 3, 2008, Saint Thomas Church announced the Vestry's decision to replace the aging Arents Memorial Chancel Organ with a new instrument. As part of a substantial renovation effort to the church, a new instrument from Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, Iowa, is installed to replace the old instrument.
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The stained glass windows in St. Thomas were designed by the great English stained glass artist, James Humphries Hogan (1883–1948), who worked for James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars), Ltd., of London, from the age of 14 until his death. The windows in this church are considered by many stained glass experts to be some of the finest designs Hogan ever created. In 2007, conservation began in earnest on the Powell & Sons windows. It will require three years and $20 million to restore the 9 million pieces of glass. The largest windows will each require 4,500 man hours, the labor of one artisan for two and a half years.
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The High Altar and Reredos of Saint Thomas Church designed by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (1869–1924) and sculptor Lee Lawrie (1877–1963)
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