Visit to the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. After the foundation of St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, many Germans and Dutch moved to the city, living together in a district soon to be called the German quarter, where a Lutheran parish quickly formed. In 1727 Peter II donated a site on Nevsky Prospect to the community where they could build their church. The new church, dedicated to St. Peter, was built by the famous architect Trezzini and consecrated on June 14, 1730. The Lutheran community was held in great esteem by the imperial family: Anna Ioannovna, Catherine the Great, Paul I, and Nicholas II made frequent donations to the church. It served as a place of worship for about a century until 1832, when it was closed for restoration. In 1838 its eclectic Neo-Roman styled rennovations were complete, shaped like a Roman basilica. The church resumed services for another century until December 1937, when it stopped due to pressure from Stalin’s government, officially closing on March 2, 1938, by order of the Soviet authorities. After its closure the most valuable decorations were moved to the Hermitage, and much was stolen, by any means possible, including its organ, the largest in the city, which also disappeared. After the fall of communism the church was rehabilitated, opening again on September 16th, 1997. It is currently the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Petersburg.
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