The Peter and Paul cathedral, is one of the most ambitious and elaborate temples, not only in Peterhof, but perhaps, in the whole region. It is situated on the bank of the red pond, which with a clear and calm weather, besides its beautiful baroque façade of Moscow reflected on the surface of the water, attracts travelers, as it seems an incredible mirror. The talented architect of this project, Sultanov, is really amazing.
The construction of the cathedral did not advance quickly, since it took from 1895 to 1908. Shoals, appointed chief architect, studied the project closely with Sultanov, elevating one of the most memorable temples in the vicinity of St. Petersburg. As noted, it took a long time to build, and it was not for the reason of being a large parish church, nor for the residents who wanted to attend the service, on the contrary, there were people in abundance. As a result, the petition soon reached Alexander III, the construction work on the Tsaritsin pond was identified by himself (now called Holguin).
The cathedral was consecrated in June 1905, with side altars, dedicated to St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Xenia Rimlyanyni, the main temple, in honor of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The cathedral is also attributed the stone chapel in the market square located in Benoit, which until now, unfortunately, has not survived. Later, as usual, by the revolution, in 1938, the church was closed, which was even thought to demolish them, but it had designs in the lining of its structure with an incalculable value in 1941. It is one of the temples which suffered during World War II as its northern part was severely damaged due to the fact that it was used as an observer to monitor the movements of the German ships. Of course, they tried to knock it down in every possible way. After World War II the cathedral was used as a warehouse, and it was only in 1974 that it was given status as a monument of history and culture taken under the protection of the State.
The restoration took a bit longer since it lasted seven years, from 1980 to 1987, where at that time, the temple was supposed to be used to organize a museum or concert hall. But, fortunately, in 1989 he returned to the cathedral church, and since 1990 it was restored, and by July 1994 it was solemnly consecrated by the patriarch Alejo II.
The temple is very large. It has a height of 70 meters where they crown the structure of the carp of five chapters, and the walls are dark red. It has bricks, tiles and sandstone columns; it has a yellow light above to illuminate the interior, and in the construction of the church were designed windows, which are currently used as an observation platform. From there you can have a magnificent view of the surroundings of St. Petersburg, Babigon, and Kronstadt.
When you are in St. Petersburg, you should not miss the chance to see Peterhof with a Spanish-speaking guide. We invite you to the Peterhof tour in Spanish. You will see the most important works of the cathedral and learn their great history. There are tours to Peterhof in Spanish every day. You would find more information here.