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Nativity of St. John the Baptist Church

Categories / Architecture/Architectural Monuments/Religious Architecture (see also Religion.Church)
Categories / Religion. Church/Places of Worship (see also Architecture and Urban Planning)

NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, located at 7 Kamennoostrovsky Avenue. An architectural monument, built on Kamenny Island in 1776-78. The construction of a red brick church in Neo-Gothic style by architect Y. M. Felten was commissioned by Tsarevich Pavel Petrovich (future Emperor Pavel I). The church was built to cater for former sailors in the neighbouring hospice. The church walls have high lancet windows, the belfry is crowned with a steeple. Inside the building features Gothic vaults. The church grounds, which had belonged to the court, were used as the final resting place of cavaliers of the Maltese Order in 1799-1807. Empress Catherine the Great, Pavel I and Alexander I presented several precious icons and crosses to the church. Parishioners of the church included residents of Kamennoostrovsky Palace and neighbouring summer residences. Alexander Pushkin had his children, Alexander, Grigory and Natalya, christened in this church. In 1938, the church was closed down, its premises were used as a sculptural studio. In the 1960s, the building was redesigned as a gym. In 1990, the church was returned to the faithful and restored. The stone Chapel of Our Lady was consecrated nearby in 2002.

References: Витязева В. А. Каменный остров. Л., 1975. С. 55-58; Антонов В. В., Кобак А. В. Святыни С.-Петербурга: Ист.-церков. энцикл. СПб., 1996. Т. 2. С. 99.

V. V. Antonov.

Alexander I, Emperor
Catherine II, Empress
Felten Yury (Georg Friedrich) Matveevich
Paul (Pavel) I, Emperor
Pushkin Alexander Sergeevich
Pushkina Natalia Alexandrovna

Kamennoostrovsky Ave/Saint Petersburg, city, house 7

Витязева В. А. Каменный остров. Л., 1975
Антонов В. В., Кобак А. В. Святыни Санкт-Петербурга: Ист.-церков. энцикл.: В 3 т. СПб., 1994-1996

The subject Index
Maltese Order


Kamenny Island, ensemble

KAMENNY ISLAND (in 1920-89 - Trudyashchikhsya Island), in the north-west part of the Neva river delta, located between the Bolshaya Nevka River to the north and the Malaya Nevka River to the south, the Krestovka River lies to the east

Maltese Order

MALTESE ORDER (the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Johnnits, hospitaliers, knights of Rodos), a monastic knightly order. It was named after the hospital (travelers’ home) in Jerusalem