The Nikolsky Cathedral dedicated to Saint Nicolas was erected during the second half of the 18th century in honor of the Russian Navy, Saint Nicolas being the patron saint of sailors. Consecrated on June 20th, 1762 by Catherine the Great, the Orthodox Cathedral has been functioning since, even after the 1917 revolution. Of Russian baroque architecture, with beautifully detailed Corinthian columns and window frames featuring dozens of angels, with gilt domes and white and sky blue facades, the Nikolsky Cathedral is not only magnificent, it also appears, like the more recent Smolny Convent, as an extension of Heavens on Earth.

If you like the pictures in this gallery, you might also like the pictures of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, the pictures of Smolny Convent, all on :) The pictures in this gallery were shot with a Canon EOS 40D associated with Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM.

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