Uploaded on Jan 27, 2012
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends Christmas service at the Transfiguration Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia.
The Prime Minister arrived at the cathedral at midnight, when it was already full of parishioners.
By tradition, Vladimir Putin attends Orthodox Christmas services in the churches of various Russian cities and towns. In 2011, he celebrated Christmas at the Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in the village of Turginovo, Tver Region. In 2010, he attended the service in the church of the Holy Martyrs Alexander and Antonina of Rome in the village of Selishche, Kostroma Region. In 2009, he visited the Purification of Virgin Mary Church in Petrozavodsk, the capital of Karelia. In 2007 and 2008, as President, Vladimir Putin attended the Christmas service at the St Prokopius Cathedral, the main church of Veliky Ustyug, and at the New Jerusalem Monastery outside Moscow.
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St Petersburg's Cathedral of the Lord's Transfiguration of All the Guards was built by architect Vasily Stasov in 1828 on Preobrazhenskaya Square, which was the courtyard of the Preobrazhensky Regiment's Grenadier Company in the 1730s. The cathedral, which is associated with the glory of the Russian army, is surrounded by a fence made of 102 bronze cannons from the walls of the Turkish forts captured in the Russian-Turkish War of 1828-1829.
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