Thursday, June 28, 2012

St. Nicholas' Naval Cathedral - St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Nicholas' Naval Cathedral
St. Petersburg, Russia

A wintertime scene of this lovely cathedral...
 (...to cool us off during these hot days of summer!)
Image courtesy: inglesina
Another season...
Image Courtesy: Panoramia
Photo by: Alina Sbitneva
This beautiful Baroque cathedral was consecrated in 1760 before Empress Elizabeth. Sailors built the first church at this site - a wooden structure - during the time of Peter the Great. They dedicated it, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
Interior photos were taken on March 6, 2010 
From the Vigil service for the Third Sunday of Great Fast - Veneration of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

Interior images above courtesy of Phatmass
Looking at these photos it's possible to imagine that St. Sophia's in Constantinople had to have looked somewhat similar when Prince Vladimir's envoys reported back to him in AD 987 that they had found the true religion..and brought Christianity to Russia. "We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth...We only know that God dwells there among the people, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations."
Interestingly enough, St. Nicholas' Cathedral was one of the few churches that was not closed during the Soviet era... I guess not even an atheistic government wanted to chance sending their ships out without the blessing and protection of St. Nicholas!
A Grand and Welcoming Entrance
Image Courtesy: St. Petersburg.com

16 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Wow that cathedral is gorgeous and that last photo is particularly stunning. Take care, Diane

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Ah you have a book out Ann!!
Congratulations my friend I bet that's kept you busy, I wish you every success.

What a lovely scene is the photo in the snow ....magical.

Hugs to you,
Jane

GrandmaK said...

Beautiful church. I especially like the photo of is dressed in the pure white of snow!!! Have a grand day! Cathy

Ola said...

this one is probably among the most famous!

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Ming said...

Hi Ann! Loving that first image with the snow and blue of the church, amazing! We're getting ready for the 2nd heatwave of the summer here with 5+ days ahead of over 90 degrees and humid to boot! Like I say, that first image is my favorite. :)

Out on the prairie said...

What a lovely church and thanks foe some snow.

Thisisme. said...

Hi Ann. Wow, this church is simply stunning. I love the first winterland scene, but I'm afraid we're certainly not getting any long, hot summer where I live :(
Beautiful photos today. This has to be one of my very favourites.

Ann said...

It's gorgeous and the winter shot is stunning

George said...

That winter scene is absolutely gorgeous, but the interior photos are pretty spectacular as well. This is a beautiful cathedral. It's interesting that it wasn't closed by the Soviets.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Ann
Oh how wonderful... You have a book out... I see it will be available in September of this year.. I can't wait.. congratulations!
Such a gorgeous cathedral.. I believe the winter photo is my favorite.. Lovely post.
Blessings to you dear friend
Penny

Zuzana said...

Dear Ann, I hope all is well with you.;))
St. Petersburg is suppose to be a stunning city, the first image is incredibly beautiful.;)
Have a great weekend,
xoxo

Pat said...

Love that winter scene - its fab! xx

Rebecca said...

How absolutely gorgeous. Breathtaking!

xoRebecca

Krystal said...

it was fun to hear from you!!

Denise said...

How very beautiful! Thank you for sharing these.

troutbirder said...

Id love to see this in person. Czar Peters "window to the west."
And Im catching up Ann as my compueter died of a virus and it took weeks to replace it....