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
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