Roman and Gothic style in St. Petersburg

This route acquaints with Roman and Gothic architecture in St. Petersburg

  • temples and cathedrals 5
23 km, 319 m
Nativity of St John the Baptist Church (Chesmenskaya)

Nativity of St John the Baptist Church (Chesmenskaya)

St. Petersburg, ul. Lensoveta, 12

It is a small Russian Orthodox church at 12 Lensoveta Street

It was built by the Russian court architect Yury Felten in 1780, at the direction of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. A memorial church, it was erected adjacent to the Chesme Palace (damaged during the Siege of Leningrad and restored in 1946) between Saint Petersburg and Tsarskoye Selo to commemorate the anniversary of Russia's 1770 victory over Turkish forces in Chesme Bay (Turkish: Çeşme) in theAegean Sea during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774.

The church and Chesme Palace were the earliest Neo-Gothic constructions in the St Petersburg area. Considered by some to be St Petersburg's single most impressive church, it is a rare example of very early Gothic Revival influence in Russian church architecture.

The church, built in Gothic Revival style faces southwest. Painted pink and white, the church appears like a "candy cone, with long, vertical white stripes (embossed vertical string cornices drawn together with figured horizontal fascias) giving the impression that it’s rising straight up from the earth like a mirage and shooting upwards." The church was built by Yury Felten who was the court architect to Catherine the Great.

Lourdskaya St. Mary Church

Lourdskaya St. Mary Church

St. Petersburg, Kovensky per., 7

Roman Catholic Church in St. Petersburg

Before the revolution in the capital lived 3700 French Catholics, who prayed, as a rule, in the St. Catherine Church on Nevsky. At the French Embassy already in 1860 the idea of a separate temple for both, and at the same time architect. N. Benois created a project for the building in the Gothic style. However, only in October, 1898, Ambassador gr. Montebello managed, through the Russo-French rapprochement, to achieve the Highest resolution on the construction of the Roman Catholic Church. First for him, took Manezhnaya square, but because of the protests of the Orthodox Church and the public in the summer of 1900 was bought for 67 thousand. a site away from the city center, in the Kovensky lane. Here, in the same year, the project architect. O. I. Thibault-Brignoles, member of the community, of wood, was built a small temporary parish Church.

11 km, 399 m
The Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

The Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, 22-24

Today it is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran churches in Russia

The Cathedral was constructed in 1833—1838 by Alexander Brullov. The interior of the church was substantially rebuilt, but its appearance has remained virtually unchanged. In front of the church there are the statues of the Apostles Peter and Paul on high pedestals. Today it is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran churches in Russia. In 1938, after the nationalization, the church building was used as a warehouse for theatrical scenery, and as a swimming pool. In 1994 the church was returned to the believers.

Such famous people as K. Rossi, M. Mussorgsky, one of the most prominent Russian geologists G. Gelmersen, the geographer V. Yuncker, architects K. Ton, L. Benoit, M. Messmacher, A. Pel, the teacher P. Lesgaft, the founder of Pediatrics K. Rauhfus, historians G. Forster, A. Mikhailovsky-Danilevsky and many others studied in Peterschule (the school at the church).

3 km, 10 m
Lutheran Church of St. Mikhail

Lutheran Church of St. Mikhail

St. Petersburg, Vasilievsky ostrov, Sredny pr., 18 B

Evangelic-Lutheran Church on Vasilievsky Island

3 km, 242 m
Nativity of St John the Baptist Church on the Kamenny Island

Nativity of St John the Baptist Church on the Kamenny Island

St. Petersburg, Kamennoostrovsky pr., 83

An architectural monument, built on Kamenny Island in 1776-1778An architectural monument, built on Kamenny Island in 1776-1778

The construction of a red brick church in Neo-Gothic style by architect Y. M. Felten was commissioned by Tsarevich Pavel Petrovich (future Emperor Pavel I). The church was built to cater for former sailors in the neighbouring hospice. The church walls have high lancet windows, the belfry is crowned with a steeple. Inside the building features Gothic vaults. The church grounds, which had belonged to the court, were used as the final resting place of cavaliers of the Maltese Order in 1799-1807. Empress Catherine the Great, Pavel I and Alexander I presented several precious icons and crosses to the church. Parishioners of the church included residents of Kamennoostrovsky Palace and neighbouring summer residences. Alexander Pushkin had his children, Alexander, Grigory and Natalya, christened in this church. In 1938, the church was closed down, its premises were used as a sculptural studio. In the 1960s, the building was redesigned as a gym. In 1990, the church was returned to the faithful and restored. The stone Chapel of Our Lady was consecrated nearby in 2002.

5 km, 437 m