Saint Sophia Cathedral is the traditional name of the former Ascension Cathedral in the city of Sofia (part of modern Pushkin). In 1780, Catherine II founded a new city not far from Tsarskoye Selo - Sofia, which even became a district town of St. Petersburg Province for a short time. The new town needed a church and on July 30, 1782 the St. Sophia Cathedral was laid. The Sophia Ascension Cathedral for the Life Guards Hussar Regiment was built in 1782-1789 (architect Charles Cameron, also involving I. Starov). The temple was dedicated to the glorious victories in the Russian-Turkish wars. In 1817, the cathedral received the status of a regimental church of the Life Guards Hussar Regiment. The Cathedral kept the St. George standards and regimental awards. The marble plaques with the names of the regiment officers who died in battle were placed on the walls.
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