Thursday Doors in Ukraine

This week, with the world’s focus on the escalating crisis between Ukraine and Russia, I’ve been re-reading Edward Rutherfurd’s historical novel, Russka. Spanning 1,800 years of its history and culture, the story begins in what became known as Ukraine, a land steeped in ancient superstition even as early Christianity began to emerge to shape its destiny.

Let’s take a little tour of a few Ukraine’s old doors to gain a sense of the country’s rich cultural tapestry. We begin in Odessa on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea.

Rustic Door in Odessa, Ukraine

Front view of Odessa Opera Theatre

An entry door in Kyiv (formerly pronounced Kiev), Ukraine

Old Castle Door in Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Temple Door in Lviv, Ukraine

Medieval Door in Kiev, Ukraine

Old Doors somewhere in Ukraine

Ornate Door Knob on a simple wood door


Celebrating just over fifty years of holy matrimony, I am blessed to be a mother of two and grandmother of seven. Much of my writing speaks to the culture and tradition of the Deep South, where I spent the first thirty-five years of my life before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a poet and essayist, I’ve published both online and in print media. I launched this INVITATION TO THE GARDEN blog the summer of 2017 on I look forward to hearing your stories, too!

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