SS. PETER AND PAUL CATHEDRAL IN PETERHOF, located at 4/ 32 Sankt-Peterburgsky Avenue, Petrodvorets. An architectural monument in the Russian style. The construction project was ordered by Emperor Alexander III and commissioned by the Ministry of the Imperial Court. The construction, which lasted from 1894 to 1905 on the hill by Tsaritsyn Pond was overseen by architects N. V. Sultanov and builder V. A. Kosyakov (see Kosyakov Family) who designed the building in the shape of 16-17th centuries Russian architecture. The pyramidal building, which is 70 metres tall, is encircled with a covered gallery and crowned with five hip domes, holding 800 people. The walls are faced with dark red and light yellow bricks and embellished with sandstone columns and glazed tiles, and the apse features decorative arches. Earlier the facades had been adorned with icons of saints and patrons of the members of the Imperial family. The hip-roofed belfry and a chapel are located near the entrance. The interior paintings were ordered by Sultanov and done by Moscow craftspeople N. M. Safonov, V. I. Kolupaev and Palekh icon painters; the icons on bronze plaques were made by V. P. Guryanov. The main altar boasts a five-tier iconostasis made of glazed tiles; the other iconostases are from white marble. In 1938, SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral was closed down. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45, it was damaged and used as a storehouse. In the 1970s-80s, the Cathedral was restored (architect E. P. Sevastyanov), and in 1989 - returned to the eparchy; in 1994 the main altar was consecrated anew.
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npecanhuk (68238) 2010-05-22 18:07
Wow! Magnificent architectural details in that wonderful Cathedral!
Your picture is pretty attractive too with very good sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, vertical format and simple composition!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards and greetings from Brazil,
pauloog (11747) 2010-05-23 0:25
Beautiful sunlight to enlighten the traditional multi-facades church, a fine view with great detail and clarity.
MagicDD (73) 2010-05-23 1:09
Very good shoot, I'm agree with every comments.
But what I love in this picture is the smoke of the airplane is the sky. It gives a dynamic movement to the scene.
JFS (32459) 2010-05-23 8:55
Impressive shot of St.Peter and paul Catedral. The architecture is very interesting and colourful. Well done friend!
My best regards,
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-05-23 12:58
Hello Nikolai! Amazing architecture, wonderful Orthodox cathedral. Fantastic trail blazers. Good point of view, very good capture, superb contrast and sharpness. Nice colours. Good note, very interesting information. Well done!
batalay (36149) 2010-05-27 0:58
This is a very impressive architectural portrait of the Peter and Paul Cathedral, in an entirely different style than the one in St. Petersburg bearing the same name. The light is superlative, showing by the contrasts, the details of the architect's plan. So it was built at the turn of the 20th century, a difficult time looming ahead in Russia. The combination of the building and the contrails of a pair of 20th century jet aircraft make a dramatic photo. Thank you for sharing with us the superlative photo and a highly informative note.