The Church of the Smolensk Mother of God Icon was built in the 18th century in the village of Bolshoe Pulkovo, along the road that leads from St Petersburg to the summer residence of the Imperial Family - Tsarskoe Selo (now called Pushkin). During the Second World War the village and the church were destroyed. Today, this area on the Petersburg Highway is occupied by a former agricultural company whose territory will soon be transformed into an international convention and exhibition center. As part of this project, it has been decided to recreate the historical church originally built according to designs made by Giacomo Quarenghi. From this point, also known as the Pulkovo Heights, there is a fantastic panoramic view of St Petersburg, and the rebuilt church will become a new architectural attraction at the entrance to the town of Pushkin.