Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

The beautifully decorated, Byzantine style Orthodox Church of Saint Peter and Paul was erected between the years 1893 and 1898 according to the design of architect Gustav Widemann from Františkovy Lázně (Franzensbad). It was built in the fashion of the Byzantine-old Russian church in Ostankino near Moscow. The funds necessary for the construction of the church were raised among wealthy Serbian and Russian clientele and nobility. The new church replaced the no longer satisfactory Orthodox chapel in Mariánskolázeňská Street.

The richly decorated Byzantine style church has a floor plan in the shape of a Greek cross and five gold-plated cupolas. The church walls are complemented with plentiful ornamental and figural murals. The church interior is dominated by a wooden majolica iconostasis with oil icons of saints by painter Tyurin. The iconostasis was originally made in Kuznetsovo for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. A bronze relief of Peter I by sculptor M. Hiller is installed by the staircase opposite Sadová Street. The church is accessible to the public during regular opening hours.



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Founded: 1893-1898
Category: Religious sites in Czech Republic


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Winnie Wong (6 months ago)
Awesome place!! However i left my sunglasses there. Anyone visiting there on 18 oct is coming to prague after can help me bring it? Much jelp appreciated
hang pham (9 months ago)
I only stood from the outside to take pictures because it was closed when I got there. Too bad I didn’t have time to go there earlier. Anyway, it’s immaculate and very much worth seeing in person. It’s also a nice walk if you’re coming from the lower part of the town. Nice views of baroque architecture and German / French influences.
Miklos Muzik (9 months ago)
Small but beautiful orthodox church in the heart of Europe - nice to have a quick look. Be prepared that it is small and there is literally no parking spaces around.
Tom Kregenbild (2 years ago)
One of the most beutiful charges I have ever seen, even compared to Rome, Paris, Israel and many other churches around Czechia and Germany. The colors are beutiful and entry is free and the interior is very special with icons of the last russian tzar and his family. It is a truly uniqe place and a must for any vist in Karlovy Vary
Michelle de Rotterdam (2 years ago)
I was delighted to see the beautiful Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. The cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church located in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic The holy structure is the country's largest and most important Orthodox church
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