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27.08.2010

Smolny Cathedral Jubilee

The Resurrection (Smolny) Cathedral in Novodevitchy nunnery, built in the 18-th century after the design by F.B.Rasrtelli, is one of the most beautiful churches in St Petersburg, the precious “pearl of Russian baroque”. It looks skyward from a distance, its light graceful bell towers are delightful. The edifice surrounded with smart buildings is generously adorned and looks cheerful, promising to be luxurious and superb inside. But you will be amazed on enter – the interior looks unexpectedly restrained and solemn, almost cool aside from a sea of light, pouring into the snow-white space through huge windows.

The peculiar diversity of the Cathedral was affected by unordinary and dramatic history of its construction. It took 87 years to build. Founded in 1748 to the will of Empress Elisaveta Petrovna, the Smolny Cathedral was completely finished and consecrated in the name of the Resurrection of Christ the Saviour on July, 20, 1835 (Julian calendar). Due to the will of Emperor Nicholas I the church was assigned to be the Cathedral of All Educational Institutions. Nowadays Smolny Cathedral accommodates ecclesiastic, classic and modern concerts, with starring Russian and foreign musicians. Painting and photo exhibitions also take place here. Academic competitions and intellectual games for schoolchildren are held here as well. Along with concerts, exhibitions and educational work, scientific restoration and modernization work is also taking place continuously.

In 2010 the 175-th anniversary of Smolny Cathedral consecration is celebrated.

The jubilee actions launched January 20, 2010, with the Third Historic Readings dedicated to this date. Several exhibitions are to be held during the year. Jubilee volume is to be released. October 1, the high mass will be officiated. In the evening the gala concert will be held.

The jubilee year will terminate with academic and research conference on early December, 2010.

 

 

 

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