24 Sacred Sights
West Bohemia
In the early 18th century, the spa
industry developed, and because
a significant number of the guests
coming to the medicinal springs
Karlovy Vary
and the vicinity for
treatment were from Russia, it was also
necessary to satisfy their spiritual needs.
One of the most widely known Orthodox
churches is the Cathedral of Sts. Peter
and Paul (Chrám sv. Petra a Pavla)
in Karlovy Vary. It was designed
by Gustav Wiedermann, who was
the mayor of Františkovy Lázně
at that time.
He was also responsible for other
churches in the spa triangle.
Mariánské Lázně
is a church
dedicated to St. Vladimir in a typically
Russian-Byzantine style with an onion
dome, and in
Františkovy Lázně
is the Church of St. Olga (Kostel
sv. Olgy) with a bell-shaped roof
and small onion domes. All churches
have richly decorated interiors.
The newest of the local Orthodox
churches is located in the
of Karlovy Vary. The wooden St. Nicholas
Chapel was consecrated only at the turn
of the millennium, and it was built
on the model of the Suzdal Chapel
in Russia from the private funds
of Nikolai Gennadievich Stepanov.
The architectural model for the
Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
in Karlovy Vary was the Byzantine
Old Russian church in Ostankino.
Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Karlovy Vary
Church of St. Olga in Františkovy Lázně
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