A view of the iconic Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, on the banks of the Griboedov Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The ornate five domes of different colours & styles dominate the skyline.

Cathedrals & Churches of St Petersburg, Russia

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Saint Petersburg has some stunning architecture throughout the city; however, the cathedrals and churches really cannot be beaten for their magnificence.

The front of the restored Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St Petersburg, Russia.  The ornate onion domes top this majestic church decorated in gold leaf.

The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

As you stroll around the city time and again you are astounded by the splendour of these buildings

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was the church I was really looking forward to seeing. It is just so unusual with its colourful onion-shaped spires.
A view of the iconic Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, on the banks of the Griboedov Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  The ornate five domes of different colours & styles dominate the skyline.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

This church opened in 1907 and was built on the site where Alexander II was fatally wounded, in an assassination attempt in March 1881. His son and heir Alexander III declared his intention to have a church erected in his memory.
 
This church was designed by Alfred Parland in the style of traditional 16th – 17th-century Russian churches.

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Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, with its shimmering golden dome, is magnificent. It stands pride of place in the St Isaac’s Square and can be seen for miles throughout Saint Petersburg.

A frontal view of the gold dome topped Saint Issac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia

St Issac's Cathedral

It is the largest Russian Orthodox church in Saint Petersburg and is incredibly ornate inside. It was built under the order of Tsar Alexander I and opened in 1858. It was designed to accommodate 14,000 standing worshippers.
 
The cathedral's main dome is plated with pure gold and stands at an amazing 333 feet (101.5 metres) and is encircled by twelve statues of angels.

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Kazan Cathedral

The impressive Kazan Cathedral is located along the busy avenue of Nevsky Prospekt. It is also known as ‘Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan’ was constructed between 1801 and 1811.

Looking across the lawn in front of the Kazan Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  With its outstretched curved colonnades, it is said to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Kazan Cathedral, (Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan)

Although Kazan Cathedral lies in a bustling area of the city, its semi-circular garden makes it a lovely peaceful place to sit and enjoy its beautiful colonnade and façade.
 
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral was inspired by the St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was constructed under the order of Emperor Paul I.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

The beautiful cream and yellow building of Peter and Paul Cathedral is the oldest church in St Petersburg and also the second tallest building in the city.

The striking gold-painted spire stretches 404 feet (123 metres) into the air with a and angel right at the top.
 
The cathedral was opened in 1733 and is located within the Peter and Paul Fortress. The citadel is on Zayachy Island in the Neva River. It is a lovely part of the Saint Petersburg to stroll around and discover.
 
It was built under Peter the Great and the cathedral houses almost all the graves of the Russian Imperial emperors and empresses.

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St Nicholas Naval Cathedral

St Nicholas Naval Cathedral located by one of Dt Petersburg’s many waterways is a stunning piece of architecture. The vibrant blue and white exterior make it so eye-catching.
The front of the Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  The church is predominately powder blue, with white columns and is crowned by five gilded domes.

The St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral

The cathedral was built between 1753-1760 and has always been closely associated with the Russian Navy, it is known locally as the Sailors’ Cathedral.

The church officially became a naval cathedral in July 1762 by order of Catherine II and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
 
The golden Baroque spires and domes are one of the best and last remaining examples of Elizabethan Baroque architecture.
 
Its elegant bell tower detached slightly away from St Nicholas Cathedral overlooks Kryukov Canal.

The Bell Tower of St Nicholas Naval Cathedral stands separate to the Cathedral   It is decorated in the same powder blue, with white columns and crowned by a gilded spire.

The Bell Tower of St Nicholas Naval Cathedral

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Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary sits along the banks of the Neva River. A little distance away from the main city centre, though most definitely worth a visit.
 
The Russian Orthodox Church has seen several changes over the years; however, it has recently been restored and looks magnificent. The glistening ornate onion-shaped domes make it so unique.

The recently restored, highly decorated, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St Catherine Armenian Church

St Catherine’s Armenian Church is located just off of the bustling street of Nevsky Prospekt and could so easily be missed.

It was designed by Yuri Velten and consecrated in 1780.
 
The church fell into disrepair and has since been lovingly restored by the Armenian community; it was consecrated again in July 2000.

The powder blue and white St Catherine's Armenian church, off the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg, Russia

St Catherine's Armenian church in St Petersburg

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Cathedral of St Andrew

The Cathedral of St. Andrew is named after the Apostle Andrew. This beautiful late baroque pink and white cathedral is similar in design to St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral and was consecrated in 1781.

The pale pink & white cathedral of St Andrew in Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Cathedral of St Andrew

Peter the Great ordered the building of the cathedral, which is located on Vasilievsky Island a few streets back from the River Neva. It has had a bit of a chequered past, through wars and natural disasters. The Orthodox church has since been restored it back to its former glory.

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Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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