If you wanted proof of the strong Russian presence in Karlovy Vary, simply go to see the towering edifice, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. It is obvious the source of this magnificent structure is Russian not Czech. In fact, the architect, G. Wiedermann, found inspiration in a Moscow Church. As a result, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul suits the original patrons, wealthy Russian visitors to the spas. In fact, their patronage paid for most of the luscious interior décor.
This church is the second largest Russian Orthodox Church in the world. It dates from 1893 when the Russian aristocracy flocked to the city for the waters. The exterior has five gilded onion domes. The interior is full of intricately rendered icons. A relief features a rendering of Tsar Peter the Great. The church is still popular with Russian visitors today.
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