Saturday, 2 April 2011
St Isaac's Cathedral
During World War 2 the dome was painted grey. The statue outside is known as the Bronze Horseman (although it is of Peter the Great) and it is said that if it remains in this place then St Petersburg will never be conquered, so it was sandbagged during the siege of the city in WW2, and as can be seen remains unscathed.
The cathedral used to be the largest in the city and was built for 14,000 standing worshippers but was closed in the 1930s and turned into a Museum of Atheism. Today it is only used for major religious ceremonies but the dome and angels still glistens under the sunshine.