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Today, I drove by two Russian Orthodox churches in Jackson, NJ. They were strikingly beautiful with their onion domes glittering in the sun, so unlike other Christian churches that we are used to seeing.

St Mary’s was dedicated in 1955 and has undergone several expansions and renovations since then. It is surrounded by a cemetery which belongs to the other Russian Orthodox church, St Vladimir Memorial Church located less than a mile from it.

St Mary's Russian Orthodox church in Jackson, NJ.

St Mary’s Russian Orthodox church in Jackson, NJ.

St Mary's Russian Orthodox Church from the back.

St Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church from the back.

Painting at the front of St Mary's Russian Orthodox church.

Mosaic reproduction of an old Russian icon representing the Virgin Mary at the entrance of St Mary’s Russian Orthodox church.

Construction of St Vladimir Memorial Church began in 1938, but for various reasons, the church was not fully completed until half a century later, in 1988.

St Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.

St Vladimir Memorial Church in Jackson, NJ.

Main entrance to Sty Vladimir Memorial Church.

Main entrance to St Vladimir Memorial Church.

Back view of St Vladimir Memorial Church.

Back view of St Vladimir Memorial Church.

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