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Knowlton School Digital LibraryWorkCathedral of Saints Peter and Paul [1659]

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

View of the boat house located northwest of the cathedral
Related person
Domenico Trezzini (was created by)
1712-1733 (creation)
Asia->Russia->Rossiya->Saint Petersburg
Trezzini designed the brick-built cathedral of SS Peter and Paul (1712-1733) in place of the wooden church of the Peter and Paul Fortress. This three-aisled basilica, with a dome at the east end, a tower and a tall gilded spire (122.5 m) over the west entrance, is one of the dramatic landmarks of the city. The exterior has restrained decoration of pilasters and volutes, and the interior an applied Corinthian order and Baroque iconostasis (1722-1726) by Ivan Zarudny. The cathedral, which houses the tombs of Peter I and his successors, represents a radical departure from the traditional Russian onion-domed style: in the words of a contemporary, it was built ot after the Byzantine, but after the new taste When built it was the tallest building in St. Petersburg (still second only to a modern television tower). In 1998 the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were reburied here.
Baroque (AAT)
Eighteenth century (LCSH)
gilded copper
122.5 m ()