Breathtaking Cathedrals and Churches in Sankt Petersburg

St. Vladimir's Cathedral

St. Vladimir’s Cathedral ©Panoramas/Flick

Sankt Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia with spectacular buildings. If you want to visit Russia, you should consider a city tour in this stunning city.

The city has many gorgeous palaces, public buildings and monuments, but today we want to present you the breathtaking cathedrals and churches in Sankt Petersburg.

There are four main cathedrals in the city, and many baroque and neoclassical churches. You can also find the famous monastery of Alexander Nevski, gothic churches and other religious buildings.

The four main cathedrals in Sankt Petersburg

The largest church in Sankt Petersburg is St. Isaac’s Cathedral (early-mid 19th century), which has one of the largest domes in the world, built for 40 years under the direction of architect Auguste de Montferrand.

St. Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg

St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg ©Arian Zwegers/Flick

Another magnificent church built in Empire style is the Kazan Cathedral (early 19th century), located on Nevsky Prospekt and modeled after the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Kazan Cathedral in Sankt Petersburg

Kazan Cathedral in Sankt Petersburg ©Andrew Kudrin/Flick

No tourist misses the opportunity to visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (late 19th century), a grand monument built in Old Russian style, which marks the place where Alexander II (Tsar of Russia) was assassinated. Because Peter the Great forbade the building of onion-shaped towers, this church is the only in the city with this unique dome.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg ©Aphexlee/Flick

The Peter and Paul Cathedral, (early 18th century), symbol of the city for a long time, houses the tomb of Peter the Great and other kings of Russia.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral ©roger4336/Flick

Baroque churches and cathedrals

The grandest baroque building is the Smolny Cathedral, a daring project of Bartolomeo Rastrelli, that was never finished. Another important church in the same style is the Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, a magnificent structure dedicated to Russian Navy. The exterior walls are covered with memorial plaques dedicated to the sailors who perished at sea. The Church of Saints Simeon and Anna, the St Sampson Cathedral, the Church of St. Panteleimon  and the St Andrew’s Cathedral are rarely mentioned.

Smolny Cathedral in St Petersburg

Smolny Cathedral in St Petersburg©Alexxx1979/Flick

Neoclassical churches

The neoclassical churches are too numerous to list. Many of them were meant to dominate public squares, as St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, not to be confused with the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God Cathedral. The Transfiguration Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Trinity were both designed by Vasily Stasov.

St. Vladimir's Cathedral

St. Vladimir’s Cathedral ©Panoramas/Flick

Other churches and religious buildings in Sankt Petersburg

The Alexander Nevsky Monastery was built to be a rest place of the remains of Alexander Nevsky. Inside the walls of the monastery are two cathedrals and several smaller churches in various styles. The Tihvin Cemetery is remarkable, where many famous Russians are buried.

The Church of St. John the Baptist or the Chesme Church is a rare example of the Gothic Revival in Russia.

The Church of Saint John the Baptist at Chesme Palace

The Church of Saint John the Baptist at Chesme Palace ©Dystopos/Flick

On Nevsky Prospekt are many unorthodox churches and places of worship.
The places of worship built in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century are all built in Russian of Byzantine Renaissance style.

The Mosque in St. Petersburg, the largest in Europe, is built using the model of the Timurid mosques in Samarkand. There is also a Buddhist temple, built with money from donations of Dalai Lama and Russian and Mongolian Buddhists.

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