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This is a Cathedral of Smolny Convent, a complex of religious buildings surrounded by a barrier of buildings. It was created by Rastrelli, a famous Italian architect to the daughter of Peter, the Great when she decided to be a nun. Curiously the man who would be in the throne was overthrown and she became the new czarina. The buildings were being completed when Catarine, the Great arrived to the power and she hated baroque style and some aspects of the original project, like a giant tower, never were built. The church was closed by the Soviets in 1923 and abandoned, it became a concert hall many decades after and it is once again a church.
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Essa é a Catedral do Convento de Smolny, um complexo de prédios religiosos rodeado por uma muralha de prédios. O projeto foi criado por Rastrelli, um famoso arquiteto italiano a pedido da filha de Pedro, o Grande, que havia decidido se tornar uma freira. Contudo, o czar foi derrubado e ela acabou se tornando czarina. Quando Catarina, a Grande, estava no poder as obras estavam em andamento, mas essa czarina detestava o estilo barroco e muitas coisas do projeto, como um torre gigante, foram deixadas de lado. O convento foi fechado pelos soviéticos em 1923 e abandonado, depois virou sala de concertos e finalmente voltou a ser uma igreja.

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Additional Photos by Jorge Dias (jmdias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11692 W: 174 N: 22129] (96448)
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