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Kazan Cathedral

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Kazan Cathedral was built by the architect Andrei Nikiforovich Voronikhin from 1801 to 1811. It was built at the place of Nevsky Prospekt, where previously there was a church Nativity of Our Lady.

This church has one of the most important relics of St. Petersburg — the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Kazan. Cathedral was built by order of Emperor Paul I of this icon is for, as the Cathedral of St. Petersburg.

 

Address: Saint-Petersburg, 2 Kazan square
Tel: +7(812) 314-46-63   sobor.go@mail.ru    Security: +7(812) 314-58-56 (from 8 till 21)

Site :  http://kazansky-spb.ru/   (only RU)

 

At will of Paul I, the external shape of the Kazan Cathedral resembles the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome. As proof of this fact that there is only one dome — it is an uncharacteristic for Orthodox churches

 

At will of Paul I, the external shape of the Kazan Cathedral resembles the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome. As proof of this fact that there is only one dome — it is an uncharacteristic for Orthodox churches

 

Cathedral has a height of 71.5 m with a unique internal and external columns, carved out of huge granite monoliths, weighing 30 tons each

 

In the interior decoration of the cathedral is used marble from Olonets and Vyborg province, as well as porphyry, jasper, and especially Finnish granite mined in the area near Vyborg Pyuterlaksa

 

 

Grounds of the building is a high socle of the large monoliths gray Serdobol (Sortavala) granite.

The floor inside the building is faced with gray marble from Ruskeala (Sortavala) and  pink marble (from Kondopoga in Karelia).

The floors and steps of the altar, the pulpit, the royal place lined with crimson Shokshinsky quartzite (Karelia)

Also, in the decoration of the Cathedral were used Estonian dolomites, Altaic porphyry and other breeds exclusively of domestic origin.

Special attention should be internal columns of the cathedral, who are also its main carrier and the main part of a decorative ornament.

September 15, 1811, nearly 10 years after  the cathedral’s building began , on the day of the Alexander I’s coronation, Kazan Cathedral was consecrated.

Map and location:   Kazanskaya sq. 

metro Gostiny Dvor, exit to Griboedov canal

 

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