The golden Baroque spires and domes of St. Nicholas' Cathedral (known locally as the Sailors' Cathedral) rises among the trees at the bottom of Ulitsa Glinki and shines above the bland residential and commercial buildings in the area. It is home to a number of revered 18th-century icons and a fine carved wooden iconostasis. Its beautiful bell tower overlooks Kryukov Canal.
The first church was built here in 1743, on the banks of Kryukov Canal, which links the Moika and Fontanka rivers just south of Teatralnaya Ploschad. The cathedral and green space in front of it are located in a bend of Kanal Griboedova in an especially picturesque part of the city.
The area was originally settled by sailors in the time of Peter the Great, and the first, wooden chapel was built for them and bore the name of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker. As the area grew along with the new capital, Empress Elizabeth issued a decree to build a stone church for the regiments living here. Admiralty architect Savva Chevinskiy was commissioned to design and build it. However, before construction could begin, the ground where the church's foundation was to be built had to be raised by two meters to protect it from floods.
Construction of the new stone church began in 1753, and the main altar in the current cathedral was consecrated in 1760 in the presence of Empress Elizabeth. The cathedral actually consists of two churches, an upper church and a lower church. The church officially became a naval cathedral in July 1762 by order of Catherine II. Today, it is one of the best - and last remaining - examples of Baroque architecture.
The walls of the cathedral are decorated with scenes from the history of the Russian Navy. In 1907, two marble plaques were hung on the south wall of the upper church in honor of sailors who died in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-5. At the same time, in the square next to the cathedral a memorial was erected to all the sailors of the battleship Alexander III who lost their lives in 1905.
The cathedral houses 10 spectacular icons in gold frame that were a gift from Catherine the Great. The icons portray saints who are celebrated at Russian Navy celebrations. One of the most revered places in the cathedral is the image of Nicholas the Miracle-Worker, given to the church by Greek sailors, which was taken from Russia by the French in 1812, and returned to Nicholas I by the Prussians in 1835.
St. Nicholas Cathedral is one of a very few cathedrals in the city that was not closed in Soviet times. In 1941, it became the official residence of Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Alexey (Simanskiy), who served in the cathedral from 1941 to 1944 during the 900-day siege of the city.
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PecoBud (3824) 2012-03-21 12:57
There is a lot of detail in this photo, great job with that!! I love the colors and lighting which are perfect. Beautiful POV. TFS
guld (1042) 2012-03-21 14:44
I love this photo. The sky is active, the colors are not enhanced (even if enhanced doesn't look like it)and the fore ground is very clear. It is a beautiful architecture anyway but your photography made it more beautiful. Congrats.
vasilpro (41163) 2012-03-21 14:58
Wonderful composition, beautiful church with interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, excellent POV and DOF, very nice framework, TfS!
carlo62 (39767) 2012-03-21 15:59
Gran bella città piena di storia e cultura, la tua foto ce ne da un assaggio molto piacevole.
agjika (3616) 2012-03-21 16:49
That is one impressive structure. Superb architecture and colours. Very well photographed although considering the symetry I do not know why did you not move a bit on the right to the centre of the road.
Great light and colour.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-03-21 17:48
Wonderful photograph.Very nice atmosphere,with perfect colors.I can imagine the temperature of this day.Your note is very useful.TFS my friend.
Sonata11 (33697) 2012-03-21 19:05
przepiekna architektura wiezy tego kosciola oraz wspaniale wykonanie. Piekna kolorystyka, ostrosc, wspanialy punkt widzenia. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Gratulacje.
thebest (4276) 2012-03-21 19:16
What a beautiful Cathedral - the colour of peacock blue against the snow looks great - Nicely framed & interesting notes!!!
I love the light & composition of your image well done it is beautiful.
sabermonajati (10559) 2012-03-21 22:09
splendid ans amazing architecture you captured.
cargus (9602) 2012-03-21 23:00
The church is well presented, interesting vision in excelent color,contrast and brightness, a successful picture.
jjcordier (79275) 2012-03-22 0:06
Jolie photo de ce beau clocher. Très bon cadrage utilisant les éléments naturels présents et très jolie lumière du moment, les nuages dans le ciel donnant une belle harmonie de tons à l'ensemble.
SnapRJW (31627) 2012-03-22 0:53
Hello Greg - I love the blue, white and gold of this tower, the architecture is richly decorative and here against the snow it is beautifully presented. An attractive shot. Warm regards Rosemary
everlasting (14698) 2012-03-22 4:25
Very good light management here, it would have been so easy to overexpose this. Good POV also
- Copyright: Grzegorz Oczkowicz (GREGG) (7888)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D, 17-40 f/4 L USM Canon, RAW, 77mm HOYA UV
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-21 12:45