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Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The Smolny Cathedral is part of the Smolny Convent complex in St. Petersburg. The Cathedral was designed by Rastrelli in 1748, and over 50,000 wooden piles were needed to secure the foundation in the marshy soil of St. Petersburg.

Tsarina Elizabeth planned the convent as a school for young noblewomen, but Catherine the Great did not like the design of the Cathedral and stopped funding in 1762. Nicholas I commissioned the completion of the complex in 1835, and the cathedral has great views of the city from its tower.

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