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Troitsky Church in St.Petersburg is on fire. Terrible pictures
posted by growabrain (34 comments total)

 
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posted by owhydididoit at 2:04 PM on August 25, 2006


... omg.

I'm going to have to stand outside for a bit.

One of my friends got engaged there five months ago.

Thank you for posting this.
posted by randomination at 2:06 PM on August 25, 2006


Sad scary beautiful suspicious & apocolyptic.
posted by Milkman Dan at 2:07 PM on August 25, 2006


Wikipedia
posted by cillit bang at 2:09 PM on August 25, 2006


From Interfax

""Our employees took all values from the Troitsky Cathedral, and they guarantee their safety," he said."

Yes, that pawn ticket is under lock and key!

Pathetic forced levity aside, I'm sure this will have implications for Russian/Chechnian relations.
posted by lekvar at 2:16 PM on August 25, 2006


Aw, dammit.

I know they can rebuild, but in fighting the fire, there's going to be a tremendous amount of water damage, and irreplaceable artisanship is going to be ruined.

And if this as deliberate act, it's even more shameful than Coventry or the Dresdner Frauenkirche. Those were incidental to the war going on around them; this was totally In Your Face, as we say.

Dammit.

For those of you for whom this is a national treasure: I'm sorry for your loss. I feel like it's everyone's loss.
posted by pax digita at 2:23 PM on August 25, 2006


Pathetic forced levity aside, I'm sure this will have implications for Russian/Chechnian relations.

No doubt. The Chechen master strategy of taunting the Russians into slaughtering them all is proceeding according to plan. Their secondary strategy of destroying all international sympathy for themselves when it happens is also going well.
posted by Mitrovarr at 2:24 PM on August 25, 2006


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posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:24 PM on August 25, 2006


I hope this woman took full advantage of her chance to walk like a slow motion badass
posted by tylermoody at 2:25 PM on August 25, 2006 [1 favorite]


A fire raging at St. Petersburg's Trinity Cathedral is continuing to burn and has spread to all the building's cupolas and is now covering an area of 1,800 square meters, the St. Petersburg Emergency Situations Department told Interfax.

"The main cupola has collapsed, and the size of the blaze is hindering efforts to extinguish the fire. Because of the threat to human life, the evacuation of valuables has been suspended," the department said.

posted by spock at 2:30 PM on August 25, 2006


These pictures from the BBC reminded me of the cover of Rush's Moving Pictures.
posted by kirkaracha at 2:36 PM on August 25, 2006


Has this actually been connected to terrorists?
posted by owhydididoit at 2:42 PM on August 25, 2006


Before.
posted by crunchland at 2:45 PM on August 25, 2006


"The blaze reportedly began after a spark from a welder's lamp caused gas cylinders to explode."

From the BBC link.
posted by chris24 at 2:46 PM on August 25, 2006


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(haunting images--i can't help being a little nauesated by the exhange in the comments to these photos though. seems like the first thought anybody has anymore when anything goes wrong is "OMG!, was it the terrah?!?" and then when they later learn it wasn't, the new information doesn't make half as visceral an impact as that initial feeling of shock and panic did, and so paranoia increases, tempers flair, and on and on...)
posted by saulgoodman at 2:52 PM on August 25, 2006


The blaze reportedly began after a spark from a welder's lamp caused gas cylinders to explode


a chechen welder no doubt.
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:27 PM on August 25, 2006


a chechen welder no doubt.

Damnit! Beat me to the punch.

But seriously...

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posted by Alex404 at 3:33 PM on August 25, 2006


fuck.
posted by Busithoth at 3:44 PM on August 25, 2006


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posted by lupus_yonderboy at 3:46 PM on August 25, 2006


"I hope this woman took full advantage of her chance to walk like a slow motion badass"

lmAo
posted by joshjs at 3:59 PM on August 25, 2006


How tragic. I hope they can salvage some of it. I've never been keen on religion, but I've always liked churches for some reason and Troitsky was one of my favorites.

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posted by quin at 4:09 PM on August 25, 2006


Their secondary strategy of destroying all international sympathy for themselves when it happens is also going well.

A page right from the Bush playbook.
posted by tkchrist at 4:16 PM on August 25, 2006


Their secondary strategy of destroying all international sympathy for themselves when it happens is also going well.

that international sympathy's really been helping them out , hasn't it ?
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:19 PM on August 25, 2006


Oh holy crap. This is definitely tragic.

Hell of a loss.

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posted by Stunt at 4:32 PM on August 25, 2006


Oh man. For a second I had this confused with Christ the Saviour church in Moscow and thought to myself, "Hey self -- there goes the real estate market in Moscow -- all the ridiculously overpriced buildings in that entire city are priced based upon their view of that church."

I wonder if they do the same thing in St. Petersburg.
posted by empyrean at 5:02 PM on August 25, 2006


Wow. It certanly is beautiful.
posted by delmoi at 5:36 PM on August 25, 2006


The loss of such a beautiful national treasure is very unfortunate. At the same time, though, I always heartly endorse the burning of churches. Mankind will only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
posted by nlindstrom at 5:54 PM on August 25, 2006


yeah , then its just us and mr entrails strangler.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:06 PM on August 25, 2006 [2 favorites]


When I was in Russia I never got a chance to visit St. Petersburg, but the Troitsky Church was on my list of places I wanted to see if I had gotten to go. Damn.

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posted by sotonohito at 6:22 PM on August 25, 2006


That's terrible, but very pretty. In an entirely selfish way I wish I could be there to see it burn.
posted by Citizen Premier at 6:22 PM on August 25, 2006


The loss of such a beautiful national treasure is very unfortunate. At the same time, though, I always heartly endorse the burning of churches. Mankind will only be free when the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

Wouldn't it be better if we could just turn them into libraries? Or subways.
posted by found dog one eye at 7:17 PM on August 25, 2006


Wouldn't it be better if we could just turn them into libraries? Or subways.

In Brisbane, Australia there is a pancake restaurant in a former church. Fabolous place with a ceiling height of 20 meters, pool tables, fully licenced and a goth-themed bar in the basement. Open 24 hours.
posted by spazzm at 9:03 PM on August 25, 2006


Чёрт.
posted by SemiSophos at 5:29 AM on August 26, 2006


Sad.

Regarding the whole knee-jerk terror response, the first thing that I thought of was V for Vendetta.

I feel like I've become conditioned.
posted by craven_morhead at 9:51 AM on August 26, 2006


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