Китеж - Незримый град Руси
The article compares two conceptual images of the “Invisible City” in the German and Russian aesthetics of modernity – “Secret Germany” and the city of Kitezh. From the point of view of phenomenology, the author focuses on a special type of sociality. The term “esoteric openness” or “including exclusivity” is introduced to define the collective experience of the symbolic reality of the “Invisible City”. “The Church of the Invisible City” (1914) by Sergei Durylin is taken as a basis for describing the community of the “Invisible City”. This idea has a heuristic potential in the context of “post-secular” models of the state and society.