Russian Orthodox Church (San Basilio)

Russian Orthodox Church (San Basilio), Sanremo

Russian Orthodox Church (San Basilio)

Russian Orthodox Church (San Basilio)
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saronic
By saronic
a touch of St.Basil in Moscow
Feb 2020
Near Sanremo's Casino one will see the Russian Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour, which with its five onion-shaped domes reminds one a lot of the famous St.Basil Cathedral in Moscow. Definitely an attractive building, worth also to just see from the outside, when closed. At the end of the 19th century Russian nobility and affluent bourgeoisie loved to spend winters at the Côte d'Azur and nearby Sanremo in Italy, where one could find up to thousand Russians at a time. Still attached to their traditions, they had several Russian Orthodox Churches built. First in Nice, followed by Menton and Cannes and finally - in 1913 - in Sanremo. Just a year ago I had been to a Russian church in German Baden-Baden, another favourite haunt of this society. In the garden in front of the church one is surprised to find busts of the catholic Italian King Vittorio Emanuele III and his wife Elena. A nearby plaque is dedicated to the parents of Queen Elena, who had been buried here at her request: King Nicholas I of Montenegro in 1921 and his wife Milena in 1923, both of the orthodox faith and whose remains had been brought from Montpellier ( now though at Cetinje in Montenegro). Of him there is a monument at the Giardini Ormond-Nobel in the Eastern part of Sanremo. Queen Elena, who also passed away in Montpellier, just as her parents, is now buried at the Santuario de Vicoforte near Turin, together with her husband, who died 6 years earlier in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Roger B
Mojacar, Spain27 contributions
Family
Set back from the Promenade this church is beautiful. Like all Orthodox church's it is very ornate an contains some wonderful works of art. Worth the visit
Written June 23, 2019
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freeRunner7
Genoa, Italy18 contributions
Solo
really you need a trip to visit and take a look the majesticity of this place
Because Sanremo is Sanremo!
Written July 25, 2018
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland23,666 contributions
Near Sanremo's Casino one will see the Russian Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour, which with its five onion-shaped domes reminds one a lot of the famous St.Basil Cathedral in Moscow. Definitely an attractive building, worth also to just see from the outside, when closed.

At the end of the 19th century Russian nobility and affluent bourgeoisie loved to spend winters at the Côte d'Azur and nearby Sanremo in Italy, where one could find up to thousand Russians at a time. Still attached to their traditions, they had several Russian Orthodox Churches built. First in Nice, followed by Menton and Cannes and finally - in 1913 - in Sanremo. Just a year ago I had been to a Russian church in German Baden-Baden, another favourite haunt of this society.

In the garden in front of the church one is surprised to find busts of the catholic Italian King Vittorio Emanuele III and his wife Elena. A nearby plaque is dedicated to the parents of Queen Elena, who had been buried here at her request: King Nicholas I of Montenegro in 1921 and his wife Milena in 1923, both of the orthodox faith and whose remains had been brought from Montpellier ( now though at Cetinje in Montenegro). Of him there is a monument at the Giardini Ormond-Nobel in the Eastern part of Sanremo. Queen Elena, who also passed away in Montpellier, just as her parents, is now buried at the Santuario de Vicoforte near Turin, together with her husband, who died 6 years earlier in Alexandria, Egypt.
Written November 21, 2020
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Travelingjohn123
Peterlee, UK2,299 contributions
I am quite happy to give a donation to a church but feel it is totally wrong for churches to charge an admission fee - hence we didn’t go into this church as they wanted €2 each. I appreciate they can be costly to run but most religious organisations are very rich and there is no need to charge to visit.
Written August 21, 2020
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Viathou P
Tuscany, Italy140 contributions
We could sadly, only admire the outside of the church. Quite something to look at. We could watch it from the roof of our hotel, which made the view even more impressive.
Written July 12, 2020
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Stefan M
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Couples
Well worth a visit if you would like to see a beautiful Russian church. Very interesting history and a lot of beautiful wall paintings and religious icons.
Written July 28, 2019
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Jacklyn C
Toronto, Canada12 contributions
Friends
I was not familiar with the Sanremo history with the Russians. The church is under renovation but we were able to get in and spend time there. The woman at the front admissions desk was extremely pleasant and polite and spent time explaining the history of the church. Beautiful works of art inside. The inside of the church is basically a rather small room which might hold up to 60-70 people. Lots of frescoes, art and artifacts. Well worth the 1 euro admission fee. Easy to get to - a three minute walk from the Promenade.

Written March 8, 2017
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Paul G
London, United Kingdom258 contributions
Sadly the church was covered in scaffolding and closed for refurbishments when we visited. Hopefully all work will be completed by the summer season. Looked very interesting.
Written March 8, 2016
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Gl0betr0tter27
Aix-en-Provence, France29 contributions
We were really disappointed to see that it was closed due to construction works aiming at renovating its facade. It does look really impressive on the outside, too bad we couldn't visit it..
Written January 3, 2016
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Trolleyman81
Glasgow, UK112 contributions
Couples
The Russian Church in Sanremo appears smaller than its currently closed counterpart just across the French border in Nice, but is nevertheless still worth visiting and you can easily spend half an hour viewing the artworks and religious icons.
There is a small 1 euro entrance fee and he church is usually open to the public in the morning and late afternoon in keeping with the long lunchtime breaks taken in this part of Italy.
Written October 12, 2014
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