A posting of a photo of the Cathedral of the Savour on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg by my friend Vicki had be looking through the files on my old Mac for photos from the three days we spent there back in June of 2012. One of my favourites sites was the little Church of St John the Forebearer at Chesma which I wrote about on June 28th of that year. The day we were there the church was closed in preparation for a wedding so we was unable to see the interior. I thought I would revisit that post and having found a few pictures of the beautiful iconostasis I updated the post and have reposted it as a bit of a Thursday Throwback as well as Armchair travel.
The inspiration here was not things Turkish but a Russian victory over the Turks on July 7, 1770. The destruction of the Turkish fleet at Chesma was the final victory in a battle that had begun on June 24, 1770, the Nativity of St John the Forerunner (the Baptist) and it led to the construction of one of the most delightful churches in all of St Petersburg. Even amongst the bonbon colours and decorations of so many of the buildings in the city and surrounding countryside the Church of St John the Forerunner at Chemenskaya stands out as one of the most elegant confections imaginable.
In 1774 Catherine the Great ordered a palace be built as a rest stop on the route from the Winter Palace in St Petersburg to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. Geographically it is almost at the half way point between the two but it…
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