Posted by: danielfee | June 4, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-04-2012

Peter and Paul Cathedral – St. Petersburg, Russia

 On the north side of the Neva River is the Peter and Paul fortress. As you enter from St. Peter’s gate, the central passage leads to the majestic Petropavlovsky sobor (Peter and Paul Cathedral). The tall golden spire is a city landmark, and is about as far removed from the traditional Russian onion dome as you can get. The stone cathedral was built in 1712 to replace the prior wooden church built in 1703. In 1858 the original wood spire was replaced with a metal one with a weathervane in the shape of an angle. With a height of 402 feet it is the second tallest structure in St. Petersburg, behind only the TV tower. The cathedral is best known for its tombs. All of the Romanov czars, from Peter the Great to Nicholas II, excluding Peter II and Ivan VI, lie here.

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