Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist on Kamenny Island


​The former temple of the Order of Malta and the rarest example of the Orthodox Church in the Roman Gothic style

The church was built in 1776-1778 to cater for former sailors of the Baltic Fleet in the neighbouring hospice. The construction of a red brick church in Neo-Gothic style by architect Y. M. Felten was commissioned by prince Pavel Petrovich (future Emperor Pavel I). The church walls have high lancet windows, the belfry is crowned with a steeple. Inside the building features Gothic vaults.

Later the church was transferred to the Order of Malta when Emperor Paul I became its head. In 1799-1807, a cemetery of the Maltese cavaliers, who took the oath in the church, was arranged at the church. 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 christened his children, Alexander, Grigory and Natalya in this church.

After the accession of Alexander I to the imperial throne, the cemetery was closed, the burial places were moved. After the construction of the Kamennoostrovsky Palace, the church was transferred to him.

In Soviet times, the church was closed on March 15, 1938. All church property disappeared without a trace. While the church was closed, it housed various enterprises (sculptural studio for example). In the 1960s, the building was redesigned as a gym.

The church was returned to the parish in 1989, on November 14, 1990, divine services resumed. The stone Chapel of Our Lady was consecrated nearby in 2002.


Roman and Gothic style in St. Petersburg

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

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