As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m currently living in Russia in a hopefully not-entirely-vain attempt to learn the language. There are nothing loads of beautiful orthodox churches about, to the point that I literally cannot take a walk into an unfamiliar part of town without finding at least one or two to snap pictures of on the way.
The biggest and most famous, of course, are tourist attractions rather than working churches in any real sense; if I want to go into St. Isaac’s, I’ll pay my rubles and get my ticket. But there are lots that are really churches, complete with babushkas crossing themselves as they step outside. These, while not as famous as the “big names,” are beautiful nevertheless, and I’d often love to step inside for a moment and have a quiet look before going on my way.
I’m not religious myself, and certainly not Orthodox, but I do my best to respect others’ beliefs when they’re not actually causing me any problems. So, to the Orthodox dopers here: is it acceptable for me to step inside a working Orthodox church, have a seat, quietly admire for a few minutes, and respectfully and politely step back out?