Annunciation Cathedral, Kazan

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Take in the elaborate Orthodox interior and get a glimpse into Russia's religious history at Annunciation Cathedral, housed within Kazan Kremlin, a World Heritage Site. Ivan the Terrible founded the cathedral in 1552, and it was originally built out of local sandstone and consecrated in 1562. Since then it has been devastated by fire and repaired at least six times in its history. The interior of the cathedral features lavish gold and red decor, as well as intricate iconography in the Orthodox style. Of particular interest is a copy of the holy icon Our Lady of Kazan, given to the Russian Orthodox Church by Pope John Paul II in replacement of the original icon, which was stolen and presumably destroyed in 1904. Work out when and for how long to visit Annunciation Cathedral and other Kazan attractions using our handy Kazan trip builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    This ancient temple man jitters. Want to be silent and to worship. Want to safely examine and pray
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  • August 5, 2017
    Cathedral. In the spirit of old Russian architecture. Built in 16 century by order of Ivan the terrible. I advise to visit.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Maybe pi2 beautiful, the personalization not a grsn that noteworthy closeness and opposition to the mosque
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  • April 17, 2016
    Very beautiful church with the night sky on the roof towers. ⛪️👍
  • July 16, 2017
    A very beautiful Cathedral, but! Very CAD and coarse guard behaves inappropriately for this place. How can afford to behave in the temple such maximal allowed. Expels from the temple. Spoiled all impression! I want to draw attention to this employee. Orthodoxy NC recognizes such relationships to parishioners
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  • May 9, 2017
    Very atmospheric church with an interesting history. Like Kazan Kremlin in the turrets and when building a thinly veiled traces Pskov architecture school that distinguishes this shrine among others. The whole shtick of the Pskov school that each master had his handwriting and it is visible in pojaskah "beguncah"-practically the only adornments data externally austere buildings. Originally the temple was smaller and not heated, then finished the flank, and now warmth inside you from all sides, as even a heated floor. The frescoes inside shows finding an icon of Kazan Mother of God, who is revered by Orthodox Christians. The frescoes have survived even times when their zabelevali for the sake of power.
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  • July 6, 2017
    A beautiful church. I would not say that was straight badly shocked, even a little disappointed. I'm not a believer, just love to visit the old churches. And after the big temples in Moscow, Helsinki, Nizhny-Novgorod this temple no longer impresses with its scale. And building standards
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  • July 16, 2017
    It would be interesting to see the Cathedral BUT lazy quite impolite and not for this place an adequate guard refused to let me in because he had no time to check the bag '. Highly recommend relate better to visitors who bring in the money for salaries of staff. The horror!
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