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Chesma Church (Chesmenskaya Tserkov)
Ranked #130 of 1,808 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Chesma Church was built in 1777-1780 and is one of the rare neo-gothic buildings in St. Petersburg.
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Extremely impressing. I could hardlyimagine that two blocks from one of the central avenues in Saint Patersburg we will find such an unusial and beautiful church.

Visited September 2011
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“A gem of Neo-Gothic architecture”
Reviewed July 17, 2010

If you have an extra 15 minutes to spare on the way to or from the Catherine Palace or on the way to the airport, make a short detour to visit this impressive church, which is quite unlike any other structure in St Petersburg.

The official name of the church is the Church of St John the Precursor, but everyone calls it the Chesma Church because it was built by Catherine the Great to commemorate the victory that Russian fleet won over Turkish fleet in the Chesma Bay of the Aegean Sea in 1770.

The bright red building of the church, designed by architect Yuri Veldten in Neo-Gothic style, might remind you of medieval castles with their high-cogged walls. There are five small domes with miniature spires crowned by crosses.

Inside, the church looks quite austere and seems to be bigger than its real size because of the plain white walls and a lot of light from the big windows. Photography is not allowed inside Russian Orthodox churches, but the outside is so impressive that it is definitely worth a picture or two.

The graveyard near the church was the burial place of Russian 18th- and 19th-century war heroes, and of the defenders the city of Leningrad (the Soviet-era name of St Petersburg) during WWII. The memorial cross that you will find there is a recent monument, installed to honor the memory of all those who perished in the various wars that Russia waged in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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