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Fire destroys St Petersburg cathedral domes


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FYI for those of you that have been to St. Petersburg:

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A fire gutted a 19th century cathedral in the heart of Russia's second city on Friday, destroying its famous azure domes which attract thousands of tourists every year. As flames leapt from the main dome of the Troitsky (Trinity) Cathedral -- one of the largest wooden domes in Europe -- passers-by helped to rescue priceless artifacts from its renowned art and religious icon collection. "The fire services don't have long enough ladders to reach the top of the dome. They have been aiming their water guns at the middle section," Reuters photographer Alexander Demyanchuk said by telephone from outside the cathedral.

The cathedral had been covered by wooden scaffolding during reconstruction work when the fire started.

"The main dome has been destroyed but we could not stop the fire because it was so high and now other domes are in flames," a spokesman for Russia's emergencies ministry told Interfax news agency. Emergency services said there had been no casualties.

The Troitsky Cathedral, built overlooking one of central St Petersburg's canals, is big enough to hold 3,000 worshippers and also housed the military uniforms of Russian 19th century tsars.

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This is so sad to read. Thank you for posting it.


Although I don't believe it's one of the churches I visited on my tours there, I still feel badly to think one of those beautiful structures---with all those artifacts---is destroyed.

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Thanks for posting that as I haven't yet read about it in our papers. We went into that lovely cathedral way back in 1999. It is such a pity that something so old and beautiful has been destroyed. Hopefully they will be able to rebuild the Cathedral and domes again.



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