Gothic chapel in Peterhof

Gothic chapel in Peterhof

How to reach: by suburban train from Baltic station (metro “Baltiyskaya”) to the New Peterhof on any train, following in the direction of Oranienbaum, Krasnoflotsk or Kalima (journey time about 45 minutes), from there to the Park by bus  Or by bus from metro station “Avtovo”  “Leninsky Prospekt” Prospekt VETERANOV” “Baltic” (. Or water: “meteor” from the Hermitage or the bronze Horseman .

“The temple, which the Emperor ordered to build in Alexandria, Peterhof his summer residence, “the little temple”, as it was called, was pure Gothic, and not like a pot-bellied dome. Pointing to the Lancet Windows and stone lace and ruffles on the corners, cameras-Mrs Baranova said [to the ladies]: “Learn from them!” – so the writer Yury Tynyanov described Gothic chapel in the Western part of the Park Alexandria.

It is curious that the Emperor Nicholas Pavlovich, a known admirer of the “Russian style” in a women’s restroom, and the architecture is clearly European rather Gothic. Build a the residence Comedi, in the style of an English country house, the Emperor decided to buy a small house Church in the same style.

In the works on the construction of the Church did not participate just lazy. The building project was developed by German architect K. F. Schinkel. Supervision of construction was carried out As Menelas, and after his death by I. I. Charlemagne. Place for the erection of the temple was chosen by the Nicholas I. Construction work was carried out from 1831 to 1834. 3 July 1834 the Church was consecrated in honour of Saint blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky.

Pre-revolutionary postcard with a picture of a Gothic chapel

It was the summer Palace and the Church. Services were held there only in the holiday period, when the Imperial family lived in the Cottage.

In 1920, the chapel building was a Museum, and in 1933 an exhibition on the history of the Park “Alexandria”. During the great Patriotic war the temple was severely damaged. After the restoration in the years 1970-1999 at it again the Museum was opened. Since 2006, the chapel was again consecrated as a temple. On 26 and 27 September 2006 in it was placed the coffin of Empress Maria Feodorovna, delivered from Denmark for reinterment in the Peter and Paul fortress.

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