If you want to travel to Russia and want to visit Saint Petersburg you should not forget to visit Kazan Cathedral. In the heart of Saint Petersburg on the famous Nevsky Street, an orthodox church is grandstanding. A magnificent building with an admirable architecture that travels to Saint Petersburg without visiting it is worthless. The cathedral is one of the most important historical, political and architectural monuments of Saint Petersburg, because all of its elements and constructors including architects, workers, and all the materials used, are all supplied from Russia.
Kazan Cathedral is an Orthodox Cathedral and also is known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan and Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor . The Cathedral of Kazan is considered as the one of the most magnificent treasures of the country, with its unique, precise and incredibly beautiful interior and exterior. The church has a metal dome with layers of tin and decorated columns. The cathedral is one of the most important attractions of Saint Petersburg which is inspired by the Church of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The Kazan Cathedral was built between 1801 and 1811 and was designed by Andrey Voronikhin to be replaced with a very old and small church. After the construction, a copy of Lady Kazan’s portrait was kept in the church. Emperor Paul I dreamed that one-day Saint Petersburg became similar to Rome. Therefore, he wanted the Kazan Cathedral to be similar to Saint Peter Church. A powerful religious center with the Kazan Cathedral in the center. The magnificence of this church is a symbol of the greatness of Saint Petersburg.
When the Napoleon army invaded Russia in 1812, the Russian army commander Mikhail Kutuzov, asked Lady Kazan for help, after that Kazan became a valuable place to commemorate Russia’s victory over Napoleon. Russia’s revolution in 1917 and the formation of the Soviet Union reduced the value of the churches and religious buildings of Russia and in 1932 the Kazan Cathedral was closed and later used as the Museum of Atheism. Eventually, Kazan was forgotten, and its religious treasures went into oblivion. After the collapse of communism and the re-admission of religion, the Kazan Cathedral and many Russian churches were rebuilt. The exterior and interior of the Kazan Cathedral were restored between 1950 and 1968 and the portrait of Lady Kazan was returned to the church in 2002.
When you travel to Russia , a visit to this cathedral ensure that you will never forget the reliefs of the facade of the building, the elegant sculptures, and the tidy floors covered with arranged mosaics. The ceilings and the walls are full of magnificent paintings, and the 71.6 meters high and 17 meter round dome is decorated with artistic paintings. The cathedral has a picturesque collection of paintings including an unforgettable painting of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and also the unique and memorable painting of Christ.
The view of the cathedral is stunning, with a half-circle open and wide around a magnificent garden and 96 columns. It was intended that two angelic sculptures would be built on both sides of the blank space, but the design was never done because of the construction committee’s opposition. Our Russia tour agency provides you with a range of guidance, tools, and resources to help you to experience all the glorious historical moments. Feel free to contact our Russia tour agency for further information about our Russia tours.
Address: Kazan Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Length: 82.5 m (NS-WE interior); 90 m (exterior-stairs)
Height (max): 71.6 m (top cross)
Interior area: 4,000 m² (interior); 6,200 m² (exterior)
Writer: Belal Sefat Panah