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Karlovy Vary - Church of St. Peter and Paul

The richest decorated Orthodox church in the Czech Republic

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Karlovy Vary - Church of St. Peter and Paul
Inserted: 14.05.2021
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com
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The beautifully decorated Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul from the end of the 19th century will amaze us with its decoration and especially its five gilded domes are very unusual in the Czech Republic. It is located in Karlovy Vary in the southwestern part of the historic buildings in the Westend district in King Jiřího Street. It has been included in the list of cultural monuments since 3 May 1958.

Byzantine - Russian appearance
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Byzantine - Russian appearance

The idea for the construction of this church allegedly came directly from Tsar Peter the Great during his visit to Karlovy Vary. The money for the construction of the church was obtained through a collection between a wealthy Serbian and Russian spa clientele and the nobility. The construction took place in 1893–1897. The architectural solution is based on Byzantine-Russian sacral buildings, especially the temple in Ostankino near Moscow. The church is built on the ground plan of a Greek cross and has a length of 41 m and a height of 21 m.

Richly decorated facade
Author: Martin Javorský © gigaplaces.com

Richly decorated facade

The richly divided facade with icons is dominated by a 40 meter high tower, behind which peels five gilded domes. The church is normally open to the public.

Interior

The church is decorated with 21 ornate glass windows made in Innsbruck. The interior is dominated by a two-storey oak iconostasis with icons of saints by the painter Ivan Alexeyevich Tjurin from 1866. The iconostasis was moved here from the original church. Since 1979, the church has been a church embassy of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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