Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia
Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest churches in St. Petersburg, built in 1801-1811 by the architect A. N. Voronikhin by the order of Paul I. The model for the project was the Cathedral of St. Peter in the Vatican. This cathedral is a monument to Russian military glory. War trophies are kept here, and the grave of M.I.Kutuzov is also located here. In the period from 1932 to 1991 the cathedral was turned into a museum of religion and atheism. And in 2000 it got the status of a cathedral. The main shrine of the temple is “spisok” (now sounds like “a list” in Russian but actually is an archaic name for “a copy”), from the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.
The layout of the cathedral is very remarkable in many ways. The semicircular colonnade overlooking Nevsky Prospekt decorates only its lateral facade, while the entrance to the building is located on the west side, from Kazanskaya Street, as it should be in the Orthodox tradition. The altar, in turn, is located in the eastern part.
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