Peter and Paul Cathedral

 

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Located in the center of Peter and Paul Fortress, Cathedral is a unique building in all city, according both – to its architecture and function.


Built in a baroque style in 1712-1733, combined Russian elements with european influences. The most characteristic feature is a belfry with 123 meters high spire, making it the highest building in the city centre. The opposite end of the rectangular building is covered with glided cupola. Interiors of the cathedral are decorated not only by icons, but also with paintings and frescos, but the most impressive artwork is undoubtedly iconostasis. Almost 20-metres high gilded wall of icons, carved in 1720s in Moscow, is separating nave from the sanctuary.
Cathedral is a burial place of Romanov family, from Peter the Great to the Nicolas II. The places of burials are marked with beautifully decorated sarcophagi, mainly made from Carrara marble. In 1908 the Grand Ducal Burial Chapel was built, and here was located tombs of royal families, leaving the Cathedral only for rulers.





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