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Quadcopter DJI Phantom over Transfiguration Cathedral, Russia. Preobrazhenskiy sobor, Russia, Tolyatti. This is the largest of Odesa’s Orthodox cathedrals. Established as a small house of worship in 1808, by the beginning of the 20th Century it had expanded into one of the Russian Empire’s grandest Russian Orthodox cathedrals. With elbow room for 12,000, it was the region’s religious epicentre. Each stage of expansion reflected the great leaps in development experienced by Odesa and the surrounding area. In 1936, Soviet authorities ordered the plundering and destruction of this architectural jewel. Contrary to popular belief, it was not blown up, but cruelly disassembled. Restored in 2005, what you see today is only a partial reconstruction of the original.Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth came to the area on the night of November 24, 1741, to gain the backing of the soldiers of the Transfiguration Regiment for her coup against Empress Anna and her appointed successor, the two-month-old Ivan.After her accession to the throne on December 7, 1741, the new Empress Elizabeth ordered the construction of a church on the site as a sign of gratitude. Construction work began on the church on June 9, 1743, when Elizabeth herself laid the first stone in the foundation of the church.The architect Mikhail Zemtsov was commissioned to design and build the church, but after his sudden death in 1743 Antonio Trezzini actually carried out the construction. The church was consecrated on the eve of the Feast of the Transfiguration, and was declared a cathedral by order of Empress Elizabeth on August 5, 1754.Bartolomeo Rastrelli was also actively involved in the construction of the cathedral as well as the furnishing of its interior, designing the outstanding gold iconostasis of the cathedral and the altar vestibule. The church almost burnt down on August 8, 1825, but the icons and iconostases were rescued. The architect Vasily Stasov was assigned the job of building a new church on the site. www.saint-petersburg.com Quadcopter DJI Phantom over Transfiguration Cathedral, Russia, Съемка Спасо-Преображенского собора в Тольятти с квадрокоптера. Russian SkyCam