THE FIRST NATIVE LAND ATLAS OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY
G.N. Ozerova, T.A. Andreyeva
Saint-Petersburg State University, department of cartography,
Orthodoxy is an extremely broad, deep and multi-faceted theme. Orthodoxy came to
confessional cartography has its own history in
Three main principles lie at the base of the atlas’s concept.
The first principle is to reflect the wide-ranging activities of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The second principle is to show each sphere of activities as a process occurring in time and space. This is intended to compensate for the major shortcomings of many works on historical research, in which events linked to the Russian Orthodox Church are only regarded in time, without looking at the geographical picture or the accompanying spatial regularities.
The third principle is the need to reflect all objects of research (for example, all monasteries, not just the most important ones) throughout the entire period of their existence.
The atlas is
published in large format (29 x
The history of the Russian Orthodox Church can be approached from various points of view. In Volume I, it is presented through the activities of the premier hierarchies and the history of the church’s administrative set-up. Closely linked to the formation of the territory of the state, this covers the entire period of the existence of the Russian Orthodox Church. The main historical cross-sections given in the atlas are tied in with the history of the church and the state. The average time block is half a century.
Volume I contains seventy there is the map. The maps on the formation of the dioceses are supplemented by many thematic maps, analysing specific features of different periods in the life of the Church. For example, maps “Tracing the life of Patriarch Nikon”. The main places of imprisonment of Orthodox priests”(1918–60)” and a modern map “The foreign establishments of the Moscow Patriarchate”. The atlas is accompanied by informative texts and tables (around ten printer’s sheets).
The graphics have been created with the help of MicroStation (Bentley). The atlas can be published as a CD or an HTML page in the Internet.