Smolny convent  

Smolni Convent - girls school founded by Empress Elizabeth Petrovna - The cathedral was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1748. Empress Catherine II didn't like either the design or Elizabeth so she stopped work in 1762. Emperor Nicholas I commissioned Vasilii Stasov to complete the project in 1835. The convent is located at the turn of the Neva on the northeast corner of downtown Petersburg, the location of the former naval tar works. Lenin made his headquarters in the Smolni Institute, next door.


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