Smolny Convent in Winter

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The Smolny Convent was constructed at the behest of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna in 1748-1769 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Bartolomeo_Rastrelli ), in the plan it forms a square in the shape of a crucifix, made of cell buildings and widows' house, in the centre is the five-domed Smolny Cathedral (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smolny_Convent ). Four single-domed churches on the corners enrich the silhouette of the ensemble – a masterpiece of Elizabethan Baroque. The facades are lavishly adorned with modelling; the corners are finished with tufts of columns, ornamented window-frames and bow-shaped pediments above the entrance.
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