CHAPEL OF ST. SPYRIDON OF TRIMYTHOUS
St. Petersburg, Russia
This small Chapel, standing incongruously at a major road junction, dates back to 1904. A church had been built here around 1813, but in 1903 it was decided that a new Chapel should be built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alexander I’s Finnish Guard Regiment who were stationed in the Strelna Palace near here and worshipped at the church.
In 1919 the church was closed and the Regiment disbanded. For some time after the Chapel held services, but as the USSR’s policy of non-religiousness began to bite it too was closed and began to fall to ruin.
For some years the Chapel was used as a flower shop whilst the church itself is now no more. In the late 1990s the Chapel was returned to church ownership and now it functions as a place of worship once more.Photo - Andrew J. Müller
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