Famous “House With Chapel” Restored in St. Petersburg

The restoration of the House with the Chapel of the Konevetz Mother of God has been completed in St. Petersburg, the press service of the city government reported on Thursday, January 14. "The restoration of the house with the chapel of the Mother of God of Konevetz has been completed. The restoration works cost 17.9 million rubles, which were allocated from the city budget of St. Petersburg in 2021," the press-release says. The restoration was carried out on the walls’ brickwork, decorative architectural elements, metal and wooden structures, a plinth made of granite slabs, historical window bars, and arched gates and lanterns of the main entrance portal.

The House with the Chapel was built in 1864-1866. It was designed in the Russian-Byzantine style by a Russian architect Ivan Slupsky. The House has a rich history. Russian emperor Alexander II and his family, as well as writers Fyodor Dostoevsky and Nikolai Leskov, who lived nearby, used to be frequent visitors in the chapel.

In 1906-1908 the house became part of the representation of the Konevsky Monastery, which is a Russian Orthodox monastery located in the Konevetz Island in the western part of Ladoga Lake. It is often described as a twin monastery with the Valaam Monastery, which is also located on an island in Ladoga. In 1919 the chapel was turned into a parish church, which was closed down in 1931.

It was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1993, and is now part of the cultural heritage site of regional significance called, "The Konevsky Monastery Compound".