St Petersburg Churches
Russian Orthodox churches are extremely distinctive with their
variety of bright and ornate domes. St Petersburg has so many
photogenic churches that any selection is difficult. I begin with
the Church of the Resurrection, completed in 1907, on the spot
where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated. In 1989, my first trip
to Russia, it was entirely boarded up. The Communists destroyed
countless churches during their rule, turning others into
Museums of Atheism. By 1996 the church was restored.
The Church of the Resurrection's domes suggest an
attempt to compete with the older and more famous St.
Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. You can make your own
comparisons with my St Basil photos. But these domes
are outstanding in their own right.
My best individual dome photo from the Church of the
Resurrection. Note the Orthodox cross on the right.
The 18th century Smolny Cathedral offers a different design.
Next door in 1917 was Communist Party headquarters, the
Smolny Institute, from which Lenin and Trotsky seized power.
The golden domes of Saint Nicholas Church. To see
more St Petersburg churches, watch my video.
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