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"Chesme: A Tale of Naval Triumph and Architectural Beauty" Step into the world of Chesme, a place where history and art intertwine

Background imageChesme Collection: Church of St John the Baptist Chesme (Chesme Church), a rare example of early Gothic Revival

Church of St John the Baptist Chesme (Chesme Church), a rare example of early Gothic Revival influence in Russian church architecture, built in 1780 at the direction of Catherine the Great

Background imageChesme Collection: The naval Battle of Chesma. The naval Battle of Lemnos. 1770, 1771

The naval Battle of Chesma. The naval Battle of Lemnos. 1770, 1771. Private Collection

Background imageChesme Collection: Medal for the Victory of Chesma. Reverse, 1770

Medal for the Victory of Chesma. Reverse, 1770. Private Collection

Background imageChesme Collection: Russian and Turkish fleet before the Battle of Chesma on July 5, 1770

Russian and Turkish fleet before the Battle of Chesma on July 5, 1770. Found in the Collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageChesme Collection: Medal for the Victory of Chesma. Reverse

Medal for the Victory of Chesma. Reverse. Found in the Collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageChesme Collection: Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov after the Victory of Chesma, Second Half of the 18th cen Artist

Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov after the Victory of Chesma, Second Half of the 18th cen Artist: Anonymous
Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov after the Victory of Chesma, Second Half of the 18th cen.. Found in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Background imageChesme Collection: Portrait of the commander-in-chief of the fleet Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov of Chesma (1737)

Portrait of the commander-in-chief of the fleet Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov of Chesma (1737)
Portrait of the commander-in-chief of the fleet Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov of Chesma (1737?1808), Late 18th cent.. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum Palace Gatchina, St

Background imageChesme Collection: Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov in the Battle of Chesma, 19th century. Artist: Anonymous

Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov in the Battle of Chesma, 19th century. Artist: Anonymous
Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov in the Battle of Chesma, 19th century. Found in the collection of State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Background imageChesme Collection: Destruction Turkish Fleet Russians Naval Battle Of Chesme

Destruction Turkish Fleet Russians Naval Battle Of Chesme
The destruction of the Turkish fleet in the Aegean sea by the Russians in the naval Battle of Chesme, 7th July, 1770, during the Russo-Turkish War (1768-1774)

Background imageChesme Collection: The Destruction of the Turkish Fleet at the Bay of Chesma, 1772 (oil on canvas)

The Destruction of the Turkish Fleet at the Bay of Chesma, 1772 (oil on canvas)
BAL496189 The Destruction of the Turkish Fleet at the Bay of Chesma, 1772 (oil on canvas) by Hackert, Jacob-Philippe (1737-1807); Peterhof Palace, Petrodvorets, St


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"Chesme: A Tale of Naval Triumph and Architectural Beauty" Step into the world of Chesme, a place where history and art intertwine. From Admiral Samuel Greig's captivating oil portrait to the stunning Church of St John the Baptist Chesme, this Russian city is a treasure trove of cultural significance. In 1780, at the command of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, the Church of St John the Baptist Chesme was built. Its early Gothic Revival influence makes it a rare gem in Russian church architecture. Standing tall in Saint Petersburg, it serves as a testament to both faith and architectural brilliance. But Chesme's story doesn't end there, and is also known for its pivotal role in naval battles that shaped history. The Battle of Chesma saw Count Alexei Grigorievich Orlov emerge as a hero through his strategic leadership. Depicted in various portraits and artworks from different centuries, Orlov's triumphs are immortalized on canvas. The naval Battle of Lemnos further solidified Chesme's importance on maritime warfare maps. The clash between Russian and Turkish fleets before the Battle of Chesma showcases their might and determination. To commemorate these victories, medals were struck honoring those who fought bravely at Chesma. These intricate pieces bear witness to an era when courage reigned supreme on turbulent waters. Count Alexey Grigoryevich Orlov himself became an emblematic figure after his triumph at Chesma. His legacy lives on through anonymous artists' depictions capturing his heroic stance during battle or commanding presence as fleet commander-in-chief. As you wander through this historic cityscape adorned with architectural wonders and artistic tributes, let yourself be transported back to an era where bravery knew no bounds – where victory was etched not only in history but also within every stone wall standing proudly today in beautiful Chesme.