Church in the clouds

by abbamoses

I found this dream-like photo on Fr. Stephen Freeman’s fine blog, which gave no information about its source or where the church in the photo might be.

The photo stuck in my mind and prompted a somewhat obsessive online search that included discovery and use of a cool site called, which does reverse image searches: feed it an image, and it finds links to the image, or similar images, online.

Result: This is the Foros Church, officially the Church of Christ’s Resurrection, which sits atop a cliff overlooking the Black Sea, near Yalta in the Crimea. The church was commissioned by a wealthy merchant to give thanks to God for Tsar Alexander III’s survival of a train wreck in 1888, and was consecrated in 1892. Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra worshiped there on the tenth anniversary of the disaster.

So it’s not really a magical church floating in the clouds; you can go there if you like. If the fog is out, you’ll have a sweeping view of the Black Sea and its coastline. How many beautiful things the Church has given us!