St.Petersburg, Russia. Kazan Cathedral
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Kazan Cathedral is one of the points of the obligatory visiting program in St. Petersburg
The fate of the cathedral was changed by the Patriotic War of 1812, after which the temple, built originally for the icon, turned into a national Victory Monument and a repository of military relics. Trophies were brought here, including army banners and regimental standards of Napoleon's troops, keys to conquered cities, and marshal batons. In 1813, Field Marshal M.I. Kutuzov was buried in the cathedral.
St. Petersburg is a relatively young city, so you can't find middle-aged buildings here. Nevertheless, St. Petersburg is a unique and beautiful city. It literally fascinates everything: numerous ancient palaces, amazingly beautiful embankments, lively central avenues, cozy green squares, monuments and ancient cathedrals. During the tour of St. Petersburg you can see all this magnificence with your own eyes.
St. Petersburg is an amazing city, because it harmoniously combines many shapes. For some, it is a city of military glory, for the younger generation it is a city of noisy streets and open roofs. But one of its most important aspects is the holy places. Orthodox Petersburg amazes with its greatness, and whenever you enter a cathedral or a temple, you feel incredible strength and at the same time lightness and warmth.
Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg is an outstanding monument of Russian architecture of the early 19th century
Earlier, on the site of the cathedral there was a small stone church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, where in 1737 the honored image of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God was transferred. It was the first Orthodox church on Nevsky Prospect. By the end of the 18th century, the church building was dilapidated and ceased to conform to the appearance of the main Nevsky Prospect by that time.
And in November 1800, according to the results of the competition of projects for a new cathedral church, a project was completed, executed by the architect A.N. Voronikhin. On September 8, 1801, a solemn ceremony was held to lay the building of the Kazan Cathedral, which was attended by Emperor Alexander I. Since 1991, it is a working temple, which coexisted for several years with the museum exposition.
The future capital of the Russian Empire began with a fortress, in which 5 weeks after construction began in June 1703, the first church of the city was laid down - a wooden cathedral in the name of the apostles Peter and Paul. Throughout the history of St. Petersburg, the construction of churches has marked significant events in the life of the capital. An integral part of the cultural and architectural wealth of the magnificent St. Petersburg, along with museums, theaters, parks and other beautiful monuments, make up its beautiful temples.
The contribution of the holy places in the history of the northern capital is of great importance, they are no less significant as inseparable touches in the guise of this charming city. The cathedrals of St. Petersburg are located mainly in its historical center - on the Admiralty and Petrograd sides, on Ligovsky Prospect, on Vasilyevsky Island. On the Vyborg side is one of the oldest cathedrals - Sampsonievsky.
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