I have almost caught up on migrating all of my previous postings from the old blog website, as well as added a few new entries recently. One of the entries I have been working on is the churches of St. Petersburg, Russia. A mix of previously released images as well as new ones. All of the images in my reposts have been reworked as far as color and composition goes. It is amazing how much my digital darkroom skills have improved working on various jobs for commercial clients.
I thought it would be appropriate to publish this blog entry on Christmas Eve, just wish the images had snow in them, maybe another trip.
I find religious buildings incredible wherever I go, they vastly vary in architecture and style. For the most part their original structures are maintained and are very picturesque. On the Kryukov Canal, the same canal as the one my hotel was on, is the beautiful St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral.
Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral Canon M, EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
This Baroque Orthodox cathedral has always been associated with the Russian Navy. With it’s gilded domes and Corinthian columns it is a beautiful site to see.
Speaking of domes, the next church was built in the medieval romantic nationalism architectural style of St. Basil’s in Red Square, Moscow. Erected on the site where Alexander II was fatally wounded, construction began in 1883 by his son Alexander III. Nicholas II completed the cathedral in 1907.
The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood Canon M, EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
If you notice, the canal actually narrows where the cathedral sits, this was so the exact spot where the Czar was fatally wounded could be included inside the cathedral. The picture below, shows the outside of the shrine to Alexander II’s death.
Church of the Savior on Blood Shrine Canon M, EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
The cathedral is impressive and definitely worth a visit if you go to St. Petersburg. The thing with St. Petersburg is there are many cathedrals, one morning I headed away from town center when I left my hotel and came across the Trinity or Troitsky Cathedral.
Trinity or Troitsky Cathedral Canon M, EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Built between 1828 and 1835, this Russian Orthodox, Empire Style church was designed by Vasily Stasov. It was recently renovated and reopened in 2010, a fire in 2006 caused the main dome and a smaller dome to collapse. The blue domes are covered in gold stars, in front there is a massive column made from cannon barrels called the Glory Column.
Glory Column Canon M, EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
The column originally was built to commemorate the Russo-Turkey victory in 1886, in the 1930s it was dismantled and sold off to the Germans for cash. The column standing today was completed from the original blueprints in 2004.
I hope you have enjoyed this entry, all comments are encouraged. Thanks for reading, Jens Lambert
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