St. Petersburg is endowed with hundreds of churches representing
scores of faiths, but is probably most renowned for its unparalleled
collection of Russian Orthodox Cathedrals. In fact, the current head
of the Russian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Alexy II formerly headed
the regional Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Russian
Alexander Nevsky Monastery
Historic and revitalized Alexander Nevsky Monastery is a beautiful
complex of churches and prestigious cemeteries that shelter the
graves of many Russian cultural giants including Tchaikovsky,
Dostoevsky, Glinka and others.
The Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul (1712-1733), with its
gleaming landmark needle-thin spire, magnificent Baroque interior
and burial site for most of the pre-Revolutionary Russian Tsars, was
the historic center of St. Petersburg.
Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Commonly
referred to as the Savior on the Blood Church because it was built
as a memorial on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was
assassinated on March 1, 1881. Restorers say the church contains
more mosaics than any other church in the world.
Smolny Cathedral (1748-1754), located on Ploshchad
Rastrelli, is one of the most beautiful churches in St. Petersburg.
Its dazzling cupolas and Baroque style architecture rise
majestically above the banks of the Neva River.
St. Nicholas' Naval Cathedral - The golden Baroque spires
and domes of St. Nicholas' Naval Cathedral of the Theophany
(1753-62) rise and shine above the bland residential and commercial
buildings in an especially picturesque part of the Northern
Capital's historic center.
St. Sampson Cathedral - The five enchanting golden Baroque
style cupolas of historic St. Sampson Cathedral (1728-1733) rise
dazzlingly above the far end of Sampsonievsky garden. The church was
originally built in memory of the Russian victory at Poltava on July
Transfiguration Cathedral - One of the most visited
cathedrals in the Northern Capital, historic Savior of the
Transfiguration Cathedral (1827-29) rises above Transfiguration
Ploshchad close to Liteyny Prospect.
Trinity Cathedral - The large blue-domed Trinity Cathedral
(1828-35) located a short walk across the footbridge from St.
Nicholas Naval Cathedral is a fine example of classical edifice
built by the renowned Russian architect Vasily Stasov.
Vladimir Mother of God Icon Church - Completed in 1783,
beautiful and historic Vladimir Mother of God Icon Church is one of
the oldest and most unique churches in St. Petersburg. It's
combination of baroque and classical architectural styles are truly