On waking this morning we found that snow was falling in St. Petersburg.
MM and I made our way via the Metro to the main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt which is a concentration of unique and beautiful churches of different confessions, palaces, fashionable shops, restaurants and hotels. It was founded under Peter the Great as a road stretching for 4.5 Kms. It is the centre of cultural and business life in St. Petersburg.
This is the only functioning Orthodox Church on Nevsky Prospekt and is a masterpiece of Russian Classicism and one of the largest devotional structures in Russia – 71.6 m high – 72.7 m from west to East and the dome 17.1 m.
Building completed in 1811.
This is where I attended the all night service with Roslyn and Kelvin.
Today it was quite dark and sombre compared with the well-lit building for the celebratory Christmas Eve service, but today we could walk around and take in the enormity of the building and its amazing gold adornment.
CATHEDRAL OF THE RESURRECTION
We were walking here on a very misty morning, hence outline of reflections in photos are almost better defined than the subject.
This is situated on the embankment of the Grinoyedov Canal. It is a majestic cathedral designed in the Russian style of the 16th and 17th centuries and consecrated to the Resurrection of Christ. It was erected (1883-1907) on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was mortally wounded by terrorists in March 1881.
The interior is embellished with diverse kinds of semi-precious stones and the walls are covered ALL OVER with mosaics.
THE HOUSE OF BOOKS
This building was erected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the American Singer (as in sewing machines) Company. After 1917 the city’s largest bookshop was opened in the building.
There is a cafe upstairs where we were privileged to sit at a window table giving us a wonderful view of Kazan Cathedral.
The forecast temperature today was 6 degrees. We were not cold as we walked – I think we have learned how to dress appropriately, but we are always too warm when we go inside and remove our coats as soon as appropriate.