Churches of Saint Petersburg

Trip Start Mar 13, 2007
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Trip End Aug 10, 2007


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Flag of Russia  , Novgorod,
Friday, April 20, 2007

Saint Petersburg has a few very notable churches including massive Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which looks as though the Tsars were trying to build something to compete with Saint Peter's in Rome.  The local claim is that it's the world's third largest cathedral after Saint Peter's and Saint Paul's in London, but that's a claim I've heard about cathedrals in about six different cities I've been to, so it's a bit suspect to me. 

Even more impressive in my opinion, though, is the Church of Our Savior on the Site of the Spilled Blood (now that's a mouthful).  It was built in the 1880s in an older Russian style on the site of Tsar Alexander II's assassination.  What's really notable about it, though, is not the colorful onion shaped domes and ornate exterior, but that its interior is entirely covered in glass mosaic.
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