Top Most Beautiful Churches in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is endowed with hundreds of churches representing scores of faiths but is probably most renowned for its unparalleled collection of Russian Orthodox Cathedrals. Orthodox Churches here are one of the most beautiful in the world. So visiting magnificent Saint Peterburg, don’t miss an opportunity to see Top Most Beautiful Churches in Saint Petersburg.
Church of the Savior on Blood
This is one of the main and most visited churches in Saint Petersburg. Church of the Savior on Blood is different from other ones and has an unusual and very beautiful style. It can probably remind you St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow by the way of looking, but at the same time, it doesn’t look the same. The Emperor Alexandr III build the Church of the Savior on Blood as a memorial on the spot where Emperor Alexander II, his father, was assassinated on March 1, 1881. The Savior on the Blood Church offers an amazing contrast to the Baroque, Classical, and Modernist styles predominant in the Northern Capital. Its unique decorations include icons and panels made from majolica and mosaic. Restorers say the church contains more mosaics than any other church in the world.
Alexander Nevsky Monastery
Walking at Nevsky Avenue, at the eastern end of it, you can find out Alexander Nevsky Monastery. It’s a historical complex that includes beautiful churches and cemeteries that you can visit for a small fee. At the cemeteries, there are tombs of such a great and famous figures in Russian history as Mikhail Lomonosov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Alexander Suvorov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolay Karamzin and others. It’s a nice a place to escape from the hustle of the city and relax in the peaceful atmosphere. Here you can also buy a tasty homemade bread backed my monks.
The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is one of must-visit place in Saint Peterburg because it’s the oldest church in the city and the second-tallest building in the city (the first place took television tower). And the cathedral’s bell tower is the tallest Orthodox bell tower in the world. The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul is a symbol both the history of the city and Romanov dynasty. Here were buried almost all the kings of Russia since Peter the Great. The church is different from all other traditional Orthodox churches. It has early Baroque style and similar to Protestant churches of Eastern Europe. This is all because of the influence of the Dutch architecture and the Peter the Great wish.
I highly recommend visiting Smolny Cathedral because it’s one of the most beautiful churches in St. Petersburg. You can find it on Ploschad Rastrelli. While seeing this beautiful baroque cathedral, don’t miss the opportunity to get up to one of the bell towers and enjoy amazing views of the city.
St. Nicholas’ Naval Cathedral
St. Nicholas’ Naval Cathedral is a major Baroque Orthodox cathedral in the western part of the city. You can find it on the bank of the Kryukov Canal. St. Nicholas’ Naval Cathedral was made for naval men, because in the 18th century there stays an elite part of the Russian fleet. Nowadays St. Nicholas’ Naval Cathedral can visit everyone. You can also walk around by the Kryukov Canal and enjoy the views that open from there.
St. Sampson Cathedral
While being at the North West part of the city, close to Metro station “Viborgskaya” you can find out another historical church – St. Sampson Cathedral. It is the first Church-monument in memory of the victory of Russian troops over the Swedes in the battle of Poltava. St. Sampson Cathedral has five magnificent Baroque style cupolas. Here also stays two of the oldest cemeteries in Saint Petersburg which were the resting sites of Empresses Anne and Elizabeth and some great architects including Trezini and Rastrelli.
In the historic center of the Venice of the North, south along the Kryukov Canal from the gleaming golden domes of St. Nicholas Cathedral across a footbridge over the Fontanka River is the large blue-domed Trinity Cathedral. The impressive five-domed cathedral can house up to 3 thousand visitors, but sadly after decades of abuse, it has only begun to be restored to its pre-Revolutionary splendor.
Vladimir Mother of God Icon Church
Vladimir Mother of God Icon Church it is not only very beautiful but also one of the oldest and most unique churches in St. Petersburg. The combination of classical architectural and baroque styles are really impressive. The five onion-shaped cupolas of the church rise into the sky above Vladimir Ploshchad. In the Vladimir Mother of God Icon Church, you can also see one of the oldest and most elaborate iconostasis in Russia.