Photographer's Note

I have already shown the facade of the main church in the Smolny monastery, here the charming little chapel (or bell tower?) in the complex.

Smolny Convent is situated on the bank of the River Neva. It consists of a cathedral (sobor) and a complex of buildings surrounding it, originally intended for a convent.The name "Smolny" derives from the location. In the early days of St. Petersburg the place at the edge of the city where pitch ("smola" in Russian) was processed for use in shipbuilding and maintenance. As a result, the locale was called "smolny" - the place of pitch.

This Russian Orthodox convent was built to house Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. After she was disallowed succession to the throne, she opted to become a nun. However, her Imperial predecessor, Ivan VI, was overthrown during a coup d'état (carried out by the royal guards in 1741). Elizabeth decided against entering monastic life and accepted the offer of the Russian throne. Work on the convent continued with her royal patronage.

For me, the most beautiful place in Petersburg.

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The view of the main church

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11549 W: 123 N: 29379] (138524)
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