Found project: Trinity Cathedral


    Project : Trinity Cathedral

    Language variant : Troitse-Izmailovsky Sobor

    Architect : Stasov, Vasily Petrovich

    Completion: 1835

    Locality : St. Petersburg

    Country : Russia

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    Description :

    “The first wooden church of the St Trinity was consecrated in 1756. In 1828-1835 it was replaced with a big stone Empire Cathedral built by the design of V.P. Stasov with the sculptures by S.I. Galberg and others. The wooden dome of the cathedral built by engineers P.P. Melnikov and P.P. Bazen was the second largest in Europe. Marble plaques on the walls immortalized the names of the regiment officers, who perished in the battles of Austerlitz, Friedland, Borodino and Kulm. In the cathedral they kept trophies, keys to the captured fortresses, etc. on the Holy Trinity day the regimental parade was held here and the regimental banners were aspersed with holy water. The cathedral was closed down in 1938-1990.” *

    “On August 25, 2006, while under reconstruction, a fire started from a scaffolding collapsed the main dome, destroyed one of the four smaller domes and severely damaged the interior. The fire erupted in the early evening, just after 5 pm, and burned through scaffolding outside the central dome of the Cathedral. The central dome collapsed and one of four smaller cupolas surrounding it was also destroyed. Firefighters battled to save the other three cupolas as emergency workers and church employees removed icons and other religious articles. A helicopter brought in to fight the blaze, dumped water on the historic structure. The most valuable icons and other items had been saved.

    Although television reports showed the main dome collapsing, fire officials later tried hard to play down the damage. A spokesperson for the St. Petersburg emergency directorate refuted earlier media reports, which claimed that at least two domes of the Cathedral had been destroyed, telling a news conference that none of the domes had actually collapsed – only the roofing has been destroyed. Fortunately the restoration of the dome is now completed, and the cathedral reopened, in 2010.”**

    *Temples of St. Petersburg, G.A. Pavlov, I.M. Sorin, V.I. Vasilyev, Moscow – Saint Petersburg “Nauka”, 2003, p. 99.
    **http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Cathedral,_Saint_Petersburg (August 5, 2011)

    Ed. Adzhoa Makkonen.



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