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Smolny Cathedral
Smolny Cathedral

 The cathedral was begun by Great Rastrelli by order of the empress Elizabeth, who assumed to spend in silence and rest of cathedrals  monastery her  last days. Initially it was planned by Rastrelly  to build it one-domed church, in the manner of the European churches. However, conceding to requirements of the empress, who demanded to build the cathedral according to an orthodox canon-  five-domed, the architect presented his variant of «five-dome” - only the huge central dome belongs to the temple, the others 4 are the belfries, located on each side.

 The Smolny ensemble was under construction more long than the others Petersburg buildings – nearly 87 years. The cause were  that both war, change of emperors and empresses, then changes of construction tasks.
Catherine II discharges Rastrelli, and Smolny for more then 10 years had been completing  by Yu.Felten.
Ekaterina decided to create in its walls 2 famous educational institutions : Smolny Institute for "Noble Maidens" and Aleksandrovsky - for bourgeois maidens.
Paul I abolishes the monastery at all, nuns transfered to other monasteries, and for "noble maidens" was built Smolny institute/1806-1808/ - this third component of Smolny of ensemble was also built by D. Kvarengi. By the way, Smolny institute  of Kvarenghi was the first, specially designed and built  for educational institution.
Finally Smolny Convent is completed by V.P. Stasov in 1835,  and the temple  began to be called as "A cathedral of all educational institutions".
By old Soviet tradition, after revolution Smolny was closed as the temple and was open as a warehouse, then as branch of the museum of history of Leningrad, and since 1990 -as concert exhibition complex. Only from 2010 Smolny Cathedral started regular church services over again.
Now the Smolny belfry is considered the highest museum observation deck of St.-Petersburg (50 m) from which can be seen the grandiose panorama of the Resurrection Monastery and Smolny Institute, and also the picturesque bend of Neva river.
For its name (Smolny – Pitch)  the Cathedral is obliged to a place on which it was constructed – before here were located the  Pitch Yard, where cooked tar and stored pitch for requirements of the Admiralty shipyard.

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