St. Isaac’s Cathedral chose an Orthodox symbol of St. Petersburg

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite in potenciadance Cathedral. Archival photoSt. Isaac’s Cathedral chose an Orthodox symbol of St. Petersburg© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite the image Bank

St. Isaac’s Cathedral, chosen the Orthodox symbol of St. Petersburg according to the results of online voting in the framework of the project «Храм78», according to the website of the project.

«The results of the online voting, which took place on the website храм78.of the Russian Federation on 18 November, an Orthodox symbol of St. Petersburg was chosen as the Cathedral of St. Isaac of Dalmatia «Isaac», — stated in the message.

Everyone could vote for one of the 12 temples of the finalists.

It is reported that the St. Isaac’s Cathedral was given to 1486 votes. Just for churches-finalists were given 7693 votes. The vote was attended by residents of St. Petersburg, the Leningrad region, Moscow, Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod region, Samara, Rostov, Karelia, the Krasnoyarsk territory and other regions of Russia.

The project «temple of the 78» is the initiative for the choice of an Orthodox symbol of St. Petersburg. The project was conducted in two stages. From 20 August to 10 October was held a creative contest in four categories: photography, painting, video, literary work (prose and poetry). During the first stage everyone loaded it to the project their creative work inspired by one of the 78 churches.

From 10 to 18 October was summed up and determined the four winners of the creative competition, one in each category. Then was declared the 12 temples-finalists receiving the highest number of creative works. Among the finalists in addition to St. Isaac’s Cathedral were: the Kazan Cathedral, Svyato-Troitskaya Alexander Nevsky Lavra, Cathedral of the Vladimir icon of the Mother of God in Kronstadt, Prince Vladimir Cathedral, the Church of St John the Baptist («Chesma»), temple Theodore icon of the Mother of God in memory of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and others.

St. Isaac’s Cathedral was built in 1818-1858 years by architect Auguste Montferrand. Its height exceeds 100 meters, and the inner area — more than 4 thousand square meters.

The situation around St. Isaac’s Cathedral caused a public outcry when the authorities of St. Petersburg decided to transfer the Cathedral for 49 years, the Russian Orthodox Church in the free use with preserving the Museum and educational functions. Later they said that the Cathedral is transmitted without a change of legal status — its owner is the city. The public is concerned about the fate of Isaac, despite the statement of representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Museum functions will be expanded, and the entrance to the Cathedral will be free.-0-