Archpriest Victor Alexandrovich Moskovsky, rector of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God at Smolensk Cemetery is the dean of the district.
Until 2015, there was no separate deanery district on the Vasilievsky Island, the Petrogradsky Deanery united the parishes of the Petrogradsky and Vasileostrovsky districts of St. Petersburg.
Among the miraculous beauty of the Smolensk cemetery, it seems the blue ship, floating along the waves of the world’s sea to the saving wharf, is a stone church – a temple in the name of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God.
His bookmark on the site of the original almshouse occurred on July 19, 1786. Construction lasted 5 years and cost eighteen thousand rubles. The project of the Smolensk church was designed by A.A. Ivanov, a graduate, and later a professor at the Academy of Arts. The clarity of the plan, the harmony of the proportions of the building are typical for the architecture of early Russian classicism. The temple with a dome, a long meal and a two-tier bell tower with a spire had two side-chapels. Lateral, in the name of the Apostle John the Theologian, in which the iconostasis was placed from the abolished Theological Church on the Vyborg side, was consecrated September 26, 1790.
The main chapel in the name of the Smolensk icon was consecrated in five days. The iconostasis was carved for him by Okhta masters, headed by Yakov Dunaev. The temple icon – a list from the miraculous image of the Smolensk Mother of God – was written by Professor I.A. Akimov, the image in the iconostasis – a famous master of church painting G.I. Kozlov.
The construction of the church is associated with the name of the holy blessed Xenia, at night secretly brought stones to the scaffolding. During the flood of 1824 the Smolensk church suffered little. During the XIX century. Its appearance changed due to repeated rebuilding and repairs, keeping the classical severity and simplicity. The north-western theological chapel was rebuilt according to the project of A.D. Zakharova in the year 1809. The first rector of the church, Archpriest George Petrov, died in 1825 and the further improvement of the church is connected with the name of Archpriest Ioakim Kochetov, who at the time of his rector supplemented the church with an annex from the north side of the vestibule, from the southern vestry, porch and the new chapel of Ilyinsky, built in 1833 At the expense of the elder, and from the west – the porch and the superstructure of a new storey on the bell tower.
In 1891 – 1892 years from the southeast and north-eastern sides, according to the project of architect K.N. Verbitsky built the limits in the name of Basil the Confessor and John the Baptist. In 1903, the church was overhauled, and the theological and Ilyinsky chapels were redesigned by the architect V.A. Kosyakov and artist F.R. Railyan. The temple image of the Hodegetria, written by I.A. Akimov, in 1848 was covered with a rich golden rhizome with precious stones.
On August 17, 1940, the executive committee of the Leningrad City Council decided to close the Smolensk church. But in 1946 a divine service in the church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God was resumed. In those years it was the only active church on Vasilievsky Island and attracted many believers.
Nowadays, the temple has three altars: the main one is consecrated in honor of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God, the north one – in honor of the icon of the Mother of God “it is worthy”, or “Merciful”, and the southern one – in honor of Saint Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg. In addition to the three chapels corresponding to these thrones, in the southern part of the temple, adjacent to the central side-chapel, there is a Christmas chapel, which does not have a separate throne. The central side-chapel of the church was consecrated by the Most Holy Gabriel, Metropolitan of Novgorod and St. Petersburg, October 1, 1790. Many icons of his letter were donated by the professor of painting of the Academy of Arts of I.A. Akimov.
In 1858 the artist V.V. Vasiliev painted the podkupolnuyu part of the temple in the Byzantine style. The mural painting “The Resurrection of Lazarus,” “Raising the Daughter of Jairus,” and “Resurrecting the Son of the Nainian Widow,” glorify the miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Winner of Death. In the iconostasis to the left of the Royal Gates is placed the main shrine of the church – the Smolensk icon of the Mother of God, a list with a miraculous icon written by the holy apostle and evangelist Luke under the earthly life of the Lady of Our Lady Mary.