My dear friend Erika, aka BioArtGal is this month's host at Art Journal Journey, where the theme she chose was Journeys. So we are off on another Journey, also to St. Petersburg, Russia. She remembered St. Petersburg is also called Peter the Great's "Venice of the North."
Today we are returning to The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's complex. Directly between St Isaac's Cathedral and the City Hall building (originally known as Mariinsky Palace some of which can be seen on the right of the image) sits something nearly as famous as the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood.
It is known by many as the Blue Bridge (Siniy Most) and is the widest
bridge in St. Petersburg and is often referred to as the widest bridge
in the world.
Made of cast iron, you can see one of the sides in the picture. The name "Blue Bridge" originated from the tradition of color-coding
downtown St. Petersburg bridges. As a result, the lower part of the Blue Bridge is still
For the back side, I have chosen Smolny Cathedral. Smolny Cathedral was originally intended to be the central church of a
monastery, built to house the daughter of Peter the Great, Princess Elizabeth,
after she was banished and not allowed to take the throne. It was at this time she opted to become a
nun. However, as soon as her predecessor was overthrown during
a coup, carried out by the royal guards, Elizabeth decided to forget
the whole idea of a stern monastic life and gladly took over the Russian throne.
Based on several internet sources I visited, although the age in which she lived was rather harsh, Elizabeth
(especially in her younger days) was an amazingly joyful woman, who
later displayed a passion for entertaining. As Empress she was notorious
for never having worn the same ball dress twice. That gave the country an enormous collection of mid-18th century dresses.
cathedral is the centerpiece of the convent, built by Bartolomeo
Rastrelli (he also built the Winter Palace and Hermitage which we will
visit later, as well as the Grand Palace we visited on Saturday)
between 1748 and 1764. When Elizabeth stepped down from the throne the
funding for the convent ran
out. The building was finally finished
in 1835 with the addition of a neo-classical interior to meet the
architectural style of that time period.
Today Smolny Cathedral is used primarily as a concert hall and the
surrounding convent houses various offices and government institutions.
Materials used for these two spreads include backgrounds created with a faux credit card and stencils, two travel brochures, washi tape, Sharpie, and a die cut flower from HOTP.
Thanks for joining me again today for this imaginary journey to St. Petersburg, Russia. And please don't forget to visit Art Journal Journey where this month's journeys are as unique as the people taking them.
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