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The Biographies Series: History

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Domenico Trezzini (Builder of St. Petersburg)

Trezzini, Domenico (Builder of St. Petersburg)

"Highly Recommended. This excellent production profiles the architect and planner of St. Petersburg, Russia, Domenico Trezzini. This reviewer can personally testify to the beauty, charm, and majesty of the city that Dostoevsky called 'the most premeditated.' The narration is an overall chronological retelling of the most salient points of Trezzini's life, illustrating views of the town of the architect's birth and the valley in which it sits, views of St. Petersburg and its environs, as well as historic plans, drawings, and engravings of the city. All of this is done exceptionally well." -EMRO Review
Domenico Trezzini. A name that most would not recognize - even within Russia today - however, in the history of architecture his is a name that echoes creativity and change, a name that is inseparably linked to the construction of St. Petersburg in Russia. Born in Switzerland around 1670, Trezzini was trained as a builder mainly in Rome, and contracted to work for the Russian crown in 1703, the year St. Petersburg was founded. There he dedicated thirty years of his life and work as an architect not only to the construction of such famous structures as the Peter and Paul Fortress with the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which is his most celebrated work, but also the original Winter Palace, the Summer House and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery for Tsar Peter the Great, and the Twelve Colleges (Collegia), which are presently the main buildings of Saint Petersburg University; he also designed the city's roads and overall concept of the residential buildings. Fulfilling the wishes of the Tsar, Trezzini laid the foundation for the development of Petrine Baroque architecture in Russia, changing the traditional Byzantine style that dominated the country for nearly a thousand years. Produced by RSI. 2009 JSCA 45 min.
Also See: St. Petersburg; Russia 2: St. Petersburg; Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge: Angle of Inspiration; The Bridges Series

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