Orthodox cathedrals and churches of St. Petersburg.

Photos by Boris Kuznetsov.

Scanned and designed by Ivan Kanivets.


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Before the October Revolution of 1917, there were over 100 orthodox cathedrals and churches in St. Petersburg. After the Revolution, the number of those became few and few for various reasons: some were blown up and destroyed, other used as cargo houses of enterprises.

Some churches, luckier ones, were turned into museums. For example, the Kazan Cathedral used to be an Atheism and Religion Museum, the St. Isaac Cathedral - one of City museums. Thanks to that, their interior decorations were preserved in good shape.

There were only few active churches in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) by the end of 80s. After the beginning of Perestroika, the process of churches revival had started: they were returned to Petersburg Diocese and renovations and reconstructions begun. Right now there are about 40 active churches, and more appear every year...
Boris Kuznetsov

In this collection of photos, various cathedrals - active, reconstructed and awaiting for renovations, are presented.

It is a great pleasure to take pictures of churches: your soul gets so much lighter. I believe that churches are the most beautiful buildings of St. Petersburg. Even under the process of reconstruction, they are wonderful. I would be happy if I'íve managed to show at least a part of their beauty and grandeur in my pictures.

sign Boris Kuznetsov, 52, photographer-amateur, native of St.Petersburg, driver.




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Some descriptions have been taken from the book
Orthodox St.Petersburg/ Ed. by Maria Lyzhenkova.- St. Petersburg: P-2 Publishers, 1996.
The Cathedral of the Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul
Interior of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg
The Cathedral of St. Isaac of Dalmatia
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of the Trinity - St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of the Izmailovsky Life-Guards Regiment
The Cathedral of Andrei Pervozvany
The Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God
The Cathedral of St. Prince Vladimir, Equal of the Apostels
The Naval St. Nicholas Cathedral of the Epiphany
St. John's Convent
The Smolny Cathedral of the Resurrection
The Transfiguration Cathedral of All the Guards
The Cathedral of the Resurrection (The Saviour-on-the-Blood)
The Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God (Zelenogorsk)
The Cathedral of St. Sampson the Hospitable
The Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God
The Church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
The Church of the Holy Trinity ('Easter Cake and Paskha')
The Church of St.George Triumphant
The Church of the Nativity of St.Ioan Predtecha
The Church of the Nativity of St.John the Baptist
The Church of St.Isidor Yurievsky and Nikolai Chudotvorets
The Church of Sts. Simeon and Ann Prophet
The Church of the Resurrection
The Tverskaya Church (The Church of the Mother of God)
The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin
The Konjushennaya Church
The Church of St. Martyr and Healer Pantaleon
The Church of St. Prophet Ilia


This is all for today... May be continued...


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Last modification April, 17, 1998.

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