Annenkirche Saint Petersburg

Image by Elena Truskova

Annenkirche – Ex-cinema, now church/venue spot

I saw this building earlier, but I thought it was a kind of “Soviet cultural building”. Well, yes, kind of.

It was built in 1740, and this building has seen so many things. It was a school “Annenschule” in the 18th century, cinema “Spartack” during Soviet times, a nightclub during Perestroika, then the movie “Brother” was filmed here and in 2002 there has been a massive fire inside from which the church haven’t still quite recovered yet.

Now it’s a rare and interesting place. Inside it looks rather disturbingly (or should we say spooky? see the pictures at this blog post and decide) as no restoration works have been done to the main floor. Outside, it still kind of looks like cinema “Spartack”.

There are a lot of concerts, flea markets, master classes held inside, a lot of social life for these walls. It’s a Lutheran church. And you can come to the historical guide tour, also (all the information can found at the VK fan page).

The main thing for me here is not only that this building is changing purposes during decades (you can tell I like it judging by my articles: Fedorov’s cathedral, Postal worker’s club, Vosstaniya metro station are similar), but also the atmosphere inside. I’m not religious and I like it when a church or a temple (and also its staff) is not angry at me that I am not. This is the case here.

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Kirochnaya St, 8, Saint Petersburg

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Opening Times

Wed - Sun 12:00 - 20:00


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)