St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral


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St. Nicholas Cathedral, or Nikolsky Cathedral, is a Rastrelli Baroque church located in one of the most picturesque locations of Petersburg.

The area, which is now closed by Kryukov and Griboedov Canals, was for long times settled by sailors, and they build first, wooden church at the place. They called it after their patron – st. Nicholas.
Empress Elisabeth decided to rise new church, suitable for expanding and flourishing city. The huge, cross-shaped construction is now able to host about 5,000 of worshipers. Beautiful bell tower is visible from long distance over the canals, and interiors hide amazing iconostasis and 18th century icons.
As a Naval Cathedral, the church houses the memorials of sailors who died while serving the country – from 1905 Russo-Japanese war, till the accident of Kursk submarine.

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