Cathedrals and Churches, Saint Petersburg
See the cathedrals. There are quite a few - Peter and Paul, Kazan and the interestingly named Bloody Christ (often translated as spilled blood). The view from my room included the golden dome (which I think was Kazan) and the onion domes of the bloody Christ.
Peter and Paul Cathedral is part of the fortress with the same name which contains the fantastic marble coffins of the last tsars.
Fondest memory: I was lucky enough to find myself in a cathedral as a service kicked off. As the babushkas started gathering and lighting tapers, the priest started up behind the iconastasis and was answered by the choir behind us. It's difficult to describe, but it was really moving. It was weird to only see old people in there - presumably people with memories or upbringing from before the Soviet atheism. I'm not religious, but it was like listening to an echo or something equally prosaic.
Fondest memory: The church of the Savior on the spilled blood. It was built right on the place where the russian emperror Alexander II was killed by the terrorists. The only building in the Perersburg in russian style. As You know, the first russian emperror Peter the Great didn't like Moscow, that's why he wanted to build Saint Petersburg like a real European city. This church was built at the end of XIX century.
Visit the Savior on the blood church.......
Nicknamed the Mosaic Church for its distintive multi-colored cupulas.
The Church of the sauvior on the blood was built on the exact spot where Tsar Alexander was assassinated on March 1,1881.
Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood was erected on the place where Russian Emperor Alexander II was assassinated. Alexander II in 1861 abolished serfdom, and people gave him a title Tsar the Liberator. He wanted to make Russia a Constitutional Monarchy. But on the 1st of March, 1881, he was killed. After his tragic death Alexander II was given a title Tsar the Martyr.
The church is a unique architectural monument. It is richly decorated with mosaics outside and inside (7000 square meters).
Kazansky Catedral was built in 1801-1811. The Cathedral faces Nevsky Prospect (main street in St.Petersburg) with its fascinating colonnade. In front of it there are statues of Kutuzov and Barclay de Tolly, Russian field-marshals of the War against Napoleon (1812). Kutuzov's tomb is inside the Cathedral.
One part of the Cathedral is occupied with Museum of the History of Religion. During the Soviet period in the cathedral there was the Museum of Atheism.
In the city you can go to see many places. Here I want show you some of this. The first one is the ISAAKIEVSKIJ SABOR (St. Isaac Cathedral) one of the most important and biggest of the city. If you want you can ramp on the Cupola for having a good view of the city. You can see this church at left of this text.
Another one beautiful thing you can decide to visit is the follows: 'St. Petro and Paolo Fortress'. It's a big fortress with more than one surrounding walls. Inside you'll find the church of the two saints and, the bastions and much more. If you want here you can rent a '700 dress for taking some pictures and for have a bit of funny.
Kazankij Sobor - The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is the second of the city for the importance. Here were celebrate every zar weddings. The cathedral was made on the idea of roman church of St. Pietro. You can see it at right.
Another good place to pass a lot of time is the Summer Garden (LETNIJ SAD). It's one of the most famous park of St. Petersbourg, here you can see a statue dedicated to KRYLOV a tales writer (you can see it in the picture), and two little house; the 'Little House of Coffe' (Kofejnyj Domik) and the 'Little House of The' (Èajnyj Domik). They are now two shop, one is for painter and one is for souvenirs and handmade arts (I bought here some pretty object).
Look at Russian Orthodox cathedrals.
Fondest memory: Although St. Petersburg was build like a Western city, it is very Russian in the sense of religion. Orthodox Cathedral did not start to look differently in St. Petersburg. It is a Savior-on-Blood Cathedral, and as you can see, it is onion-shaped.
Favorite thing: I don't remember which church this was, and we didn't go inside of it, but it was close to Nevsky and I loved its bright blue color!
Favorite thing: Saint Peter and Saint Paul church. At this time all was ready to receive the remainings of Romanov fammily, wicth will take place next day, July 15,1998.