The Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
You can acquaint Russia through its museums, its historic buildings, its landscapes, but also it is interesting to know and visit its religious buildings.
Religion is an important part in the life of many people around the world, and the monuments and buildings that are built to honor their beliefs and their Faith, allow us to learn an important part of the culture.
In Russia, all main religions are represented, and the orthodox Christianity one is through the beautiful and imposing churches.
One of them is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan’ in St. Petersburg. The huge building is dedicated to the Virgin of Kazan’, the Christian most revered symbol both, in the city and in the country.
History of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan’
Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan’ was built between 1801 and 1811 by the architect Andrei Voronijin following the model of St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome.
The Cathedral was created in neoclassical style; one of the most impressive architectural feature of it is its colonnade composed of 96 pillars.
Although it is not the only temple devoted to the Virgin of Kazan’, but it is the most important, and that is why it is visited every year by thousands of tourists.
The history of the building, which had its ups and downs, can be summarized in these words: the monument was made in honor to the victory of the Patriotic War of 1812. In 1812-1814, there putt the flags of the French defeated regiments. A year after the end of the war, in the Kazan’ Cathedral was buried the famous Marshal, Mikhail Kutuzov. In 1917, the period of the Church’s persecution began, and the Cathedral was closed by Stalin. In 1932, it was open but transformed into a Museum of Religion and Atheism. The religious services in the Cathedral of Kazan’ returned to be held only in the year of 1991.
For all these reasons, its history, its beauty, its architecture and its spiritual meaning, a visit in the Kazan’ Cathedral by is must have during your trip to St. Petersburg.