St-Nicolas Naval cathedral ,  Saint-PetersburgSt-Nicolas Naval cathedral , Saint-Petersburg

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Magnificent blue and white baroque construction dedicated to Saint Nicolas, patron of sailors. It is the preferred church of the Petersbourg inhabitants.

My experience, Explo description: 

The cathedral was built between 1752 and 1762 by the Russian architect Tchevalinski, who was a student of Rastrelli (who designed Smolny). This explains the similarities between the 2 monuments.

It is during the reign of Catherine II that the church became the official Cathedral of the Russian Navy in 1762. On this date, offices were celebrated for departures and returns of the fleet, victories, baptisms of ships and the commemorations of the sailors who perished.

During the Soviet period, the church was still in use.

The golden cupolas of Saint-Nicolas emerge above the Krioukov channel. According to the tradition of the orthodox architecture, the cathedral has five cupolas, and the bell steeple is split from the church.

The Church has 2 levels. Lower level, poorly illuminated by the light coming from the sparklers, has many icons in golden wood frames.

The upper floor is accessible only on Saturdays and Sundays, for weddings or for holidays offices. The upper Church is brighter. The opulent decoration includes just ten icons coated with gold, given by Catherine II in commemoration of ten naval victories. The walls are decorated with scenes representating Russian naval history. In 1907, two commemorative plaques have been hung in the upper Church in memory of the victims of the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905.

My personal recommendations: 

Enjoy by the inner atmosphere while listening to an Orthodox liturgy during an office.

How getting there: 

Entry by Rimskovo-Korsakova prospekt. The access by the Kryukov canal Bank was closed when I came.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

For low church, every day, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with prayers every day at 8 a.m. and 18 p.m.
For high Church offices at 7 p.m. (Saturdays) and at 9 a.m. (Sundays)

Visit duration: 

1 hour.

Entry fees: 

Free.