Picture of the day - February 25, 2009
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
|Photo courtesy of Maria Li.
(Click on the photo for a larger view)
Today's picture by photographer Maria Li features one of the world's
grandest houses of worship: Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint
The history of Saint Isaac's is quite interesting indeed. Tsar
Alexander I decided that he wanted to build a massive church in
Saint Petersburg, and in 1818 construction began on what would
become the largest church in the entire country of Russia when it
was completed some 40 years later.
The Soviet regime soon decided however that the largest communist
country on the planet was no place for a house of worship. They
closed the building down completely for a while, but before long
they had turned it into a museum celebrating atheism. But after the
iron curtain fell and Russia abandoned its communist government,
Saint Isaac's was allowed to open once again as a church. Regular
services are held there to this day.
Name: Tamara Albertson
Town: Willow Creek, CA
What an interesting story...and the picture isn't bad either!
Name: Earl Blackmore
Town: Houston, TX
Yes, quite interesting indeed. That is some building. It must be at
least 200 feet tall. Editor's note: Saint Isaac's
Cathedral stands 333 feet high.
Name: Judy Hill
Town: Bland, VA
This is a very inspiring story. This magnificent building came full
circle. First it was a house of worship, then a museum celebrating
everything that religion stands against. But in the end the Lord won
out and it became a church again. I love it!!!
Name: Vladimir Kostov
Town: Saint Petersburg, Russia
In Russia this church is called Isaakievskiy Sobor. The
inside is very beautiful. Thanks to you for displaying it as picture
of the day.
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
Magnificent, story and photo.
Name: Robert Schwarztrauber
Town: Buffalo, NY
That's what makes Today's Photo so special - a chance to view
wonderful photos, like this one from Maria Li. And from others all
around the world. What a nice winter's view of that beautiful and
massive church from a land so far away.
The other thing that draws me to Today's Photo is seeing comments
from folks all over the world, like Vladimir Kostov from Saint
Petersburg, Russia. How great is it, that all around the world,
people who look for and appreciate the wonders in this world, the
good, the positive side of life come together here, at Today's Photo
to share with one another daily?
It has been my experience that photographers and those who
appreciate good photography are always in hopeful pursuit of
something beautiful. And are seldom disappointed. And never
disappointed by Today's Photo. Thanks Rick!
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