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The life and death of Jesus Christ; disputes about His personality and teaching; formation of the early Christian Church, the apostles and their disciples. The film was shot in Jerusalem and Athens.

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The persecuted Church; Christianity in catacombs; examples of martyrdom; St. Ignatius the God-Bearer; early Christian literature. The film was shot in Rome.

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The Christian Church Comes Out of Catacombs; Constantine the Great and the foundation of the Eastern Roman Empire with the center in Constantinople; great Doctors of the Church (Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom). Ecumenical Councils and their significance; formation and development of monasticism. The film was shot in Istanbul (Cathedral of St. Sophia, Studite Monastery).

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Slavic nations’ heathenism; enlightenment mission of Cyril and Methodius; Baptism of Russia by Prince Vladimir; first metropolitans of Kiev, Tatar-Mongol yoke.

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Development of Latin tradition; conflicts between Constantinople and Rome; 1051 schism; Catholicism in Middle Ages. The film was shot in Rome and the Vatican.

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Crusades; Unia; Hesychastic disputes (Gregory Palamas and his opponents); fall of Constantinople in 1453; the Church under the sway of Turkey. The film was shot in Istanbul.

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Church and power in Old Russia (Ivan the Terrible and Metropolitan Philip); autocephaly of the Russian Church; patriarchal office in the Russian Church; Moscow Kremlin as church and state center; Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich and Patriarch Nikon; Russian saints (Sergius of Radonezh). The film was shot in the Moscow Kremlin cathedrals.

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Peter I and his attitude to the Church; abolishment of the patriarchal office; secularization of church lands; church art reform; church leaders of the Synodal Period (Philaret of Moscow). The film was shot in St. Petersburg (St. Isaac’s, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, the Synodal building, etc.)

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The 1917 Revolution and beginning of persecution of the Church; Stalin’s repressions; the Church during the War; the Church under Khrushchev and Brezhnev; Millennium of the Baptism of Russia and the beginning of church revival. The film was shot in Moscow and Moscow Region (Butovo, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Church of Christ the Saviour).

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The four old Patriarchates today; Orthodoxy in Georgia; Orthodoxy in Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria; other Orthodox Churches. The film was shot in Georgia, Romania and Serbia.

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