Saint Petersburg. Angel Over The City
7 класс ГОУ СОШ 204 Центрального района г. Санкт-Петербурга
Учитель – Кошелева Светлана Михайловна
Modern people do not take notice of the beauty that surrounds them because they are always in a hurry. But citizens of St. Petersburg have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy its beauty every moment.
St. Petersburg is extremely rich when it comes to cultural heritage: museums, palaces, sculptures... One of the most central treasures in this heritage is the Angel that crowns the belltower of the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Personally for me this Angel is a very special treasure. I live in the neighbourhood and I can see the Angel from my window, from my bed, every night I go to bed. The first thing I see when I wake up is the Angel. And it gives me great happiness. A feeling of pride, of belonging to this city.
The Cathedral was built between 1712 and 1733 and it was designed by the architect Domenico Trezzini. Its golden spire reaches a height of 122,5 meters and features at its top an Angel holding a cross. And the Angel has always been one of the most important symbols of St. Petersburg.
In 1756 the Cathedral was heavily damaged by a fire. The second time the spire was damaged was in 1778 when the Cathedral was hit by strong winds. The third Angel was designed by the architect Antonio Rinaldi. In 1830 this version of the Angel was also damaged by very disastrous winds. But thanks to a very corageous worker, Pjotr Telushkin, the Angel – once again – was repaired. He managed to climb up the spire and repair the Angel with his own hands. The last time the spire and the Angel was repaired was in the 1850-s. In the winter of 1941, during the Second World War, a group of mountain climbers covered the steeple with gray naval paint – to mask it from Nazi air force. When the Siege of Leningrad was lifted another group of climbers unmasked the steeple.
And the Angel has always guarded the city, its citizens and everybody who loves it.
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