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Fire in Troitsky cathedral (St. Petersburg) localized

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Fire in Troitsky cathedral in St. Petersburg is localized at about 08:00 p.m. Moscow time, a REGNUM correspondent is told by a spokesman for Russias Emergency Ministry in St. Petersburg.

Fire brigades have continued working on the site. The big and small cathedral domes have fallen down, the second small dome is partially destroyed by the fire, the REGNUM correspondent is informed at St. Petersburg emergency ministry press office.

The fire brigades went to the fire at 05:16 p.m.

The Troitsky cathedral was founded in 1828-35 by architect Vasily Stasov. The cathedral was erected at the site of a wooden church. It was twice restored after World War II, in 1952-56 and 1966-67. The cathedral consecrated on May 25, 1835, is a landmark of St. Petersburg, a unique church ensemble, a memorial of federal importance; it is the forth architectural dominant of the city, which can be seen from 20 km and admits 3,000 people. Its construction was the biggest one in the second half of the 19th century.

Photo by Anton Chizhov

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