Church birth Ioann Predtecha (Chesmenskaya)


Architect: Yu. Velten,

built 1777 - 80, restored in 1965 - 68

To the south from Frunze Street, between Moscow avenue and Yury Gagarin avenue, there used to be a bog in the 18th century called "the frog bog" among Finns. A legend says that it was the place of meeting of Catherine II with a messenger who broke out news about the glorious victory of Russians over the Turkish fleet near Cesme on June 26, 1770. In honor of a historical event, the Empress ordered to erect a Palace on the place of the meeting. A church was built near the palace a few years later.

Over the 200 years, the Cesme Palace and the church have been rebuilt and restored many times and look different from the original. Now it is the Cesme Victory Museum, a branch of the Central Naval Museum.

The Cesme Church is one of the few buildings in Petersburg that have Gothic motifs in their design. The wall surface decorated with narrow vertical rods and plastic lancet arches is intersected with high lancet windows. The walls are topped with a parapet and pinnacle turrets. On the church territory the small Cesme Cemetery is located, where the Russian army veterans were buried who were staying at the hospice. During World War II the defenders of Leningrad were also buried here.

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