Chesme Church, St. PetersburgPhotograph by Vladimir Mannerheim
"Originally consecrated as the Church of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, Chesme Church was built by the Russian court architect Yury Felten in 1780 at the direction of Catherine the Great to commemorate the anniversary of Russia’s 1770 victory over Turkish forces in Chesme Bay in the Aegean Sea during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774."

Chesme Church, St. Petersburg
Photograph by Vladimir Mannerheim

"Originally consecrated as the Church of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, Chesme Church was built by the Russian court architect Yury Felten in 1780 at the direction of Catherine the Great to commemorate the anniversary of Russia’s 1770 victory over Turkish forces in Chesme Bay in the Aegean Sea during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774."

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