Social Program

Welcome Party

Participants and accompanying persons are cordially invited to the Welcome Party at the Academic University on Monday evening, June 26, at 20:00.


On Tuesday, June 27, all the Participants are welcome to the bus tour that will consist of visiting three most famous cathedrals in St Petersburg which are the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, The Kazan Cathedral and St Isaak's Cathedral.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Sometimes called the Church of the Resurrection of Christ or the Resurrection Church, was built on the site near the Griboedov Canal where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. Completed in 1907, the design of the church was inspired by traditional Russian styles, as well as St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow and the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev. The interior, designed by some of the most popular Russian artists at the time, features more than 7500 square feet of mosaic tiles covering the walls and ceilings as well as Italian coloured marbles and decorative stones from the Urals and Altai region.

The Kazan Cathedral

For a long time the Kazan Cathedral or Cathedral of our Lady of Kazan had been a home for one of the most valuable icons — the icon of Our Lady of Kazan, obtained by Ivan the Terrible after the victory over Kazan. It was designed to resemble the St Peter's Basilica in Rome, although the Russian Orthodox Church strongly disapproved of the plans to create a replica of a Catholic basilica in Russia's then capital.

The Bolsheviks closed the cathedral for services in 1929, and from 1932 it housed the collections of the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism, which displayed numerous pieces of religious art and served anti-religious propaganda purposes. A couple of years ago regular services were resumed in the cathedral, though it still shares the premises with the museum, from whose name the word "atheism" has now been omitted.

St Isaak's Cathedral

St Isaak's Cathedral is the most famous cathedral in Russia and the 4th largest domed cathedral in Europe. It is also the most «visible» building in St Petersburg and its dome can be seen from almost every part of St Petersburg center. The colonnade along the perimeter of the cathedral's dome commands a breathtaking view of the city from the height of 43 meters, with the whole panorama of St Petersburg from the center to the outskirts.

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