Unknown Petersburg: Temple at the Academy of Arts
Few people know that the Academy building houses one of the most beautiful house churches in St. Petersburg, which you can visit completely freely. This church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr was founded in 1765 with the participation of Catherine II. The interior itself is made in the style of late classicism, sculptures and paintings are preserved.
With the ceremonial laying of the future church with the participation of Empress Catherine II, construction began on the building of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1765.
The interior is made in the style of late classicism, designed by architect Konstantin Ton. But the sculptures of the evangelists were created by V.I. Demut-Malinovsky, wall reliefs on biblical and evangelical subjects are the works of S.I. Galberg and his students.
After the revolution, the temple was closed, and its premises were used as a sports, assembly and cinema hall, and the place of party meetings. In 1991, he resumed work.
Now the church can be visited daily from 13:00 to 17:00. Admission is free, but you will need to provide passport details. In addition, some tour operators conduct tours of the house church, and the Museum operates in the Academy itself.
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