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    Cathedral of St. Andrew the First-Called

    by Skillsbus Written Nov 22, 2012

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    Named after the Apostle Andrew, whom Peter the Great considered his personal protector, and who thus became patron saint of Imperial Russia and of the Russian Navy, this beautiful, late baroque, pink-and-white cathedral stands on the corner of Bolshoy Prospekt and 6-aya Linia, in a particularly picturesque part of Vasilevsky Island.

    Peter himself ordered the building of the original Church of St. Andrew on this site, and plans and models for the church has already been chosen when the Emperor died. In 1732, under Empress Anna Ioannovna, a single-storey wooden church was built there. This church was struck by lightening in 1761, and burned to the ground. Alexander Vist, architect of the Senate Building, was commissioned to design a new stone cathedral but, after two years of construction work, one of the arches supporting the building's main dome collapsed, and Vist was dismissed. The job of finishing the cathedral was entrusted to Alexei Ivanov, a professor at the Academy of Arts. The cathedral, a late baroque masterpiece, similar in design to the St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, was eventually consecrated in 1781.

    In the 19th century, two chapels were added to the Cathedral by architect Nikolai Grebenka. The Cathedral of St. Andrew was closed after the Revolution, and given over to various organizations, including the Institute of Ethnography. During the Siege of Leningrad, the Cathedral was severely damaged both by bombs and by shelling. Thanks to the sharp thinking of members of the cathedral's congregation, the famous iconostasis, which had originally stood in the chapel of the Menshikov Palace nearby, was partly saved from the ravages of war and revolution, carefully hidden behind false paneling. Since being returned to the Orthodox Church, the Cathedral has been fully restored, and pride of place inside is given to several 18th century icons, including two - one painted, one mosaic - of St. Andrew.

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    Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

    by smirnofforiginal Written Oct 5, 2012

    A rather catchy name for a cathedral... why would anybody want to call it Church of the Resurrection (its official name)!!! The reason for the Spilled Blood title is because the Peoples Will blew Alexander II up on the spot!

    The cathedral was modelled on St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow. Build on the cathedral commenced in 1883 but it took 24 years to complete. It opened in 1997 after 27 years of painstaking restoration work by no fewer than 30 artists.

    Where St. Basil's cathedral is frescoed, the Church of the Resurrection is mosaic - from the floor upwards. It is quite spectacular. 7000sq metres of mosaics.

    R300 adults.

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    I smell Uzbekistan

    by smirnofforiginal Written Oct 5, 2012

    Cathderal mosque is a place of worship and not somewhere you can go inside and have a poke around but it is spectacularly beautiful and it is definitely worth going to inspect the incredible detail of the exterior.
    It was built inb the 1910s and is based upon the Mausoleum in Samarkland, Uzbekistan.
    It has apparently been renovated and it is nothing short of stunning.

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    Church of the Savior on Blood

    by akkipaa Written Oct 2, 2012

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    This is the most beautiful church I have ever seen and been. Unfortunately In don't have good interior photos, the guardian ladies hunted me when I tried to take em and I managed to take only some bad quality shots with my phone camera.

    The church is called Church on Spilt Blood and also Cathedral of the Resurrection of Chris. A good child has many names as we say.

    The Church was built on the site where Tzar Alexander II was assassinated, the blood comes from that event, and was dedicated in his memory.

    Construction begun 1883 and the church was finally completed 1907 and it is situated on the Gribojedov Canal. The architecture of the Savior on Blood follows the spirit of romantic nationalism.

    The thing inside are the over 7500 square meters of mosaics (probably there's no more than any other church in the world). After revolution, both the mosaics and the church were badly damaged and the church served as warehouse to vegetables and got a new name leading of Savior on Potatoes.

    Lucky us and future generations it is back on it's glory now.

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    St. Isaac's Cathedral and Colonnade

    by jamiesno Written Sep 20, 2012

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    One evening in September I wanted to do something after work so I ventured to the city center and was set on getting to the top of the St. Isaac's Cathedral Colonnade for some elevated views of the city.

    In summer this is possible by climbing the Colonnade which is 43 meters high. Evening and night admission to the Colonnade is from 18.00 to 23.00, from May, 1 till November, 1.

    At first I thought this wasn't going to be possible as I entered the premises from Admiralteyskiy Prospekt and the ticket kiosk was closed. Then I heard a recording inviting people to come around to the main entrance and from here a ticket could be bought. This was a releif and I was happy to be climbing up the steps!

    At the top, the view was worth it and I got to see the sun set. You could see many of the city's main attractions from this angle such as Peter and Paul's Fortress, Winter Palace, Church of Spilled Blood, Neve and Vasilyevsky Island and tonnes more.

    St. Isaac's Cathedral Sunset from atop the St. Isaac's Colonnade Colonnade exit stairway! View from atop the St. Isaac's Colonnade View from atop the St. Isaac's Colonnade
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    Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 14, 2012

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    When I decide to travel to Russia this church was first on my "Things to do" list.

    The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Russian: Церковь Спаса на Крови, Tserkovʹ Spasa na Krovi) is one of the famous church of St. Petersburg. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood (Russian: Церковь на Крови, Tserkov’ na Krovi). The official name of this cgurch is Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Russian: Собор Воскресения Христова, Sobor Voskreseniya Khristova).

    It features Russia’s largest collection of mosaics (over 7,000 sq.m.), Italian colored marbles, decorative stones from the Urals and Altai region, as well as a collection of Russian heraldic mosaics. The frescoes are fantastic, nothing a like I dint see before.

    Here is in fact Tzar Alexander II fatally shot by an assassin. One member of the Radical Party call ''The will of the people" named Nikolai Risakov, blew the emperor's carriage with bomb his made. However, dint kill the emperor. When he emerged from the remains of a carriage, a second assassin threw another grenade and killed the emperor. Conspirators, among whom was one woman, were hanged publicly in a square. This means that the Russian Empire had problems even before the October Revolution in 1917.

    At the site of the assassination in the period 1883rd to 1907th the church was built and named Savior of the Spilled Blood. Located on one of the city's canals (Griboyedov) and is very attractive to the outside and inside. All the walls inside are covered with mosaics! They were produced by artists: Vasnecov, Nesterov and Vrubel.

    The entrance to the church has to paid, additional is pay photographs and video-recording in particular. Worship in the church is very rarely.

    I used my ISIC benefit card to enter here. It cost me 150 Russian ruble (40% off entrance fee).

    Savior on the Spilled Blood
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    Peter and Paul Cathedral

    by fachd Written Aug 1, 2012

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    Peter and Paul Cathedral which houses the crypt of Russian emperors. Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II as well as few others are finally laid to rest here. The spiral tower of the church building is the main feature and it can be seen quite fair distance. Inside the cathedral is designed like ceremonial hall, very ostentatious in appearance, ornate in decorations with religious paintings and golden figurines. Colorful designed ceilings with sparkling chandeliers and beautiful marble pillars. On the floor lie marble tombs of the Russian Tsars. Today the Cathedral is one of St. Petersburg's major tourist attractions.
    Admission to the Cathedral is from 11 am to 6 pm with a museum ticket. From 6 pm to 7 pm, Thursday to Tuesday, admission to the Cathedral is free.

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    Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

    by fachd Written Jul 31, 2012

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    Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Saint Petersburg. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand. Today the cathedral is a museum.
    From outside the building looks impressive with the gilded dome dominates the sky.

    As you enter you cannot miss the huge door at the front entrance and the massive red granite columns.

    When you go inside you feel like a small dwarf in a huge room standing underneath high ceilings decorated with frescoed, surrounded by religious paintings, huge columns, picture of Jesus Christ made up from stained glass.

    You say yourself where do you start, mind boggles from the beautiful interior of the Saint Isaac Cathedral. Anyway go and see for yourself, it definitely a must visit otherwise you will regret it.
    Oh yeah I forgot to mention if you want to see panoramic view of St Petersburg, the official name is The Colonnade Observation, which you can climb the steep stairway to heaven, well good luck.

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    Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

    by fachd Written Jul 31, 2012

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    Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood I thought the name of the church like something from a Hollywood movie. The first time I saw the church I thought I was back in Moscow because it reminds me of Saint Basil cathedral.

    The church designed was inspired by St Basil Cathedral and the original name was Church of the Ressurection.of Christ. Alexander III requested the church to be constructed in 1883 to honor his father Alexander II who was killed at the site.

    Address: Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboyedova 2 Metro: Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor

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    La Mezquirta - The Mosque

    by elpariente Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    Nos puede llamar la atención al pasear por San Petersburgo el ver los dos minaretes y una cúpula azul de una Mezquita turquesa , pero no hay que olvidar que la comunidad musulmana es una de las más grandes en la ciudad
    No fue fácil autorizar la construcción de una Mezquita en el centro histórico , pero a principios del siglo XX , se construyó la mezquita , donde se intentó armonizar la arquitectura de Asia Central ,con una cúpula alta, portal y minaretes cubiertos con cerámica de color azul celeste, la de San Petersburgo para lo que pusieron cubiertas asperas de granito gris oscuro
    La mezquita está inspirada en el mausoleo de Tamerlan en Samarcanda
    When you stroll through St. Petersburg you are surprised to see the two minarets and a dome of a mosque turquoise blue, but we must not forget that the Muslim community is one of the largest in the city
    It was not easy to authorize the construction of a mosque in the centre, but in the early twentieth century, they built the mosque, where they attempted to harmonize the architecture of Central Asia, with a high dome, portal and minarets covered with blue ceramic blue and St. Petersburg architecture for what they put covers with rough dark gray granite
    The mosque is inspired by the mausoleum of Tamerlan in Samarcand

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    Catedral de - Kazan- Cathedral

    by elpariente Written Jul 17, 2012

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    El Zar Pablo I ordenó construir sobre una capilla en la que se guardaba el icono de Nuestra Señora de Kazán , una Catedral que aunara la arquitectura clásica y la Rusa, con planta de cruz latina y según el modelo de la Basílica de San Pedro en Roma.
    En su día esto último fue muy criticado por la Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa
    En el exterior tiene alto relieves con escenas bíblicas y 111 columnas que forman un hemiciclo
    Para hacerse idea de la devoción que tiene el pueblo Ruso al Icono de Kazan , que fue siempre uno de los favoritos de los Romanov , contaremos que en los difíciles años que estuvo San Petersburgo sitiada 900 días , durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial , cuando era bombardeada diariamente y la gente se moría de hambre , el Mariscal de Campo Soviético dió tres vueltas con el icono en una avioneta a la ciudad para pedir que la protegiera
    San Petersburgo no fue derrotada
    Por poner un pero no dejan hacer fotos en el interior

    The Czar Paul I ordered the construction of a Cathedral , where it was located a chapel in which was been kept the icon of Our Lady of Kazan
    The cathedral would combine the Classic and Russian architecture , with a Latin cross plant and should have as a model St. Peter's Basilica in Rome .
    In those days it was criticized by the Russian Orthodox Church
    Outside there are high reliefs with biblical scenes and 111 columns that form a semicircle
    To get an idea of ​​the devotion that has the Russian people to the icon of Kazan, which was always a favourite of the Romanov family , we will tell that in the difficult years that St. Petersburg was besieged during 900 days, in the the Second World War, when it was bombed every day and people were starving, the Soviet Field Marshal gave three laps with the icon on a plane to the city to ask for protection
    St. Petersburg was not defeated
    To say some thing that I didn´t like I will say that photos are not allowed inside

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    El Salvador - The Savior ( 1 )

    by elpariente Updated Jul 14, 2012

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    Sorpresa , asombro , mareo ... todo se puede sentir al aproximarse a este edificio desde el centro de San Petersburgo cuando ves sus cinco cúpulas doradas o multicolores, los detalles de los adornos que cubren su fachada de ladrillo rojo y marrón , sus tímpanos de mosaico, sus ventanas con mármol de Estonia , los escudos de armas de las ciudades del imperio Ruso , los mosaicos , su colorido ... y en definitiva todo el conjunto hace que uno se quede boquiabierto e impresionado , ante esta Iglesia de estilo Ortodoxo Ruso del siglo XVII , pero que se construyó a finales del siglo XIX
    El nombre puede ser un poco de lío pues la iglesia se llama La Resurección de Cristo o La Iglesia del Salvador sobre la Sangre Derramada , pero casi todo el mundo la conoce como "La Sangre Derramada" , pues en este mismo sitio falleció el Zar Alejandro II por un atentado con bomba y su hijo decidió construir esta iglesia como recuerdo y homenaje
    Como cosas curiosas podemos decir que dado que el zar murió en 1881, la cúpula central mide 81 metros de alto y las laterales miden 62 metros de alto, ya que el monarca murió a los 62 años de edad.
    La iglesia fue llamada por los rusos"iglesia de las patatas derramadas"pues en la época soviética el edificio fue utilizado como almacén de patatas y verduras
    La entrada cuesta 250 Rb por persona

    Surprise, amazement, dizziness ... everything you may feel as you go closer to this building from the centre of Saint Petersburg and you see his five golden or multicoloured domes, the details of the adornments that cover the building facade of red and brown brick, his tympanums of mosaic, the windows with Estonia´n marble , the shields of weapons of the cities of the Russian empire, the mosaics, the colours ... and definitively the whole set does that one remains open-mouthed and impressed, in front of this Church of Orthodox Russian style of the 17th century, but that was constructed at the end of the 19th century
    The name can be a bit complicated as the church it is called Church of he Resurrection of Christ or The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, but almost the whole world knows it as " The Spilled Blood ", because on this site the Czar Alexander II died with a bomb launched by a terrorist and his son decided to build this church on his memory and to honour him
    We may say some curious things of the building , as the czar died in 1881, the high of the central dome measures 81 meters and the lateral domes have a high of 62 meters , because the monarch died with 62 years of age .
    The church was called by the Russians " church of the spilled potatoes " since in the Soviet epoch the building was used as store of potatoes and vegetables
    The entry it costs 250 Rb per person

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    El Salvador - The Savior (2)

    by elpariente Written Jul 14, 2012

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    Si el edificio nos sorprendió en el exterior , la visita del interior no va a ser menos
    Más de 7000 metros cuadrados de frescos y mosaicos cubren las paredes y los techos
    A parte del iconostasio de mármol se puede ver el sitio donde fue herido de muerte Alejandro II y en los paredes y techos se ven escenas de la Biblia y se pueden destacar las imágenes del Salvador y la de Cristo Pantocrator
    Para hacerse una idea de las dimensiones , vasta saber que los ojos del Jesucristo que está representado en la cúpula central miden medio metro de largo.

    If we were surprised with the building in the exterior, the visit to the interior is not going to be less
    More than 7000 square meters of paintings and mosaics cover the walls and the ceilings
    Besides the iconostasic of marble , it is possible to see the site where it was wounded by death Alejandro II and in the walls and ceilings you see scenes of the Bible . Special attention should be taken to the images of the Savoir and that of Christ Pantocrator
    To get an idea of the dimensions, you must know know that the eyes of the Jesus Christ who is represented in the central dome measures half a meter of length.

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    San Nicolás y la Epifanía-St.Nicholas and Epifany

    by elpariente Updated Jul 13, 2012

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    Esta catedral barroca de cúpulas doradas consta de dos iglesias , la planta baja , es la que se usa a diario , está dedicada a "San Nicolás Milagrero" , protector de los viajeros y de los navegantes y la del piso superior que se utiliza los Domingos y para las bodas , es más amplia y brillante y está dedicada a la Epifanía de Dios
    El exterior está decorado con columnas corintias y tiene cinco cúpulas que representan a Jesús y los cuatro apóstoles . Separado y junto al río hay un campanario de cuatro plantas que está rematado con una aguja
    La catedral siempre formó parte de la vida de la Flota Rusa y en ella hay obeliscos y placas dedicadas a los Marinos fallecidos
    Intentamos volver por la tarde , pues nos habían recomendado oír cantar a un coro .

    This baroque Cathedral , with golden domes, consists of two churches, one in the ground floor, that is used daily, is dedicated to "Saint Nicholas Miraculous", protector of the travellers and the navigators and that of the top floor , that is in use every Sunday and for the weddings, is more wide and brilliant and is dedicated to the God's Epiphany
    Externally it is decorated by Corinthian columns and has five domes that represent Jesus and four apostles.
    Separated and close to the river there is a belfry of four plants that is finished off by a needle
    The Cathedral always formed part of the life of the Russian Navy and there are obelisks and plates dedicated to the deceased Sailors
    We tried to return in the evening, because they had recommended us to listen a choir that was singing .The cathedral is not central and we tried to take a taxi but it was an impossible mission since they all were trying to cheat us, so we left it for the next travel

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    CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR OF SPILLED BLOOD - 2

    by balhannah Written Feb 11, 2012

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    After having a good look inside, it was then time to walk the whole way around the outside.
    The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial family and thousands of private donators.
    The exterior of the church is something to see! Decorated with incredibly detailed mosaics, it was designed and created by the most prominent Russian artists of the day.
    The church design resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, and the architecture is medieval Russian.

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