St. Petersburg will become the central venue for the festivities to commemorate the 800th anniversary of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky, St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov said at the meeting of the organizing committee preparing the celebration, a spokesperson for the city government told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
Alexander Beglov noted: ‘For us, the name of this great warrior and statesman is of special importance. He is a heavenly patron of our city.’
St. Prince Alexander Nevsky ruled in the 13th century during some of the most difficult times in Russia’s history and is renowned for both his military victories over German and Swedish invaders and subtle diplomatic policy in relations with the Golden Horde.
He was canonized as a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th century, although his veneration began right at his burial. Emperor Peter the Great, the founder of St. Petersburg, ordered the holy incorrupt relics of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky to be transferred to Russia’s new capital.
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