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Peter I founded this impressive complex at which the atheist cemetery is particularly interesting.

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Alexander Nevsky Monastery

Impressive architectural complex.

On Nevsky Prospekt Avenue, between the Obvodny canal and Alexander Nevsky Square, you'll find the monastery of Russian leader and saint of the Russian Orthodox church, Alexander Nevsky. One of the largest architectural complexes in the city, it was founded by Peter I in 1710. In addition to a neoclassical cathedral, there are also two baroque churches inside the monastery that were built in the 18th century by Domenico and Antonio Trezzini. Many illustrious Russians are buried here, such as the writer Dostoyevsky or the composers Tchaikovsky and Glinka. This huge monastery is home to three cemeteries (one for atheists), as well as a cathedral dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the city's museum of sculpture. It is a Lavra monastery, which is the title given to the most important and influential monasteries of the Orthodox Church.



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