Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 2 minutes and 49 seconds.
Svetlana Medvedeva has attended a ceremony to sanctify new bells of the historic Church of St Nicholas in the Russian naval port of Kronstadt close to St Petersburg.
The church is close to complete restoration ahead of its 100th opening anniversary in 2013. Before the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, it was the main worship place of the Imperial Navy.
Symbolically, one of Svetlana’s granddads was a naval officer.
Architecturally, the Church of St Nicholas resembles Constantinople’s St Sophia. It is almost as big as Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
© The Voice of Russia. 1 August, 2011