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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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  • Another place of worship which, whilst beautiful and nice to visit, leaves mixed feelings due to the level of opulence in the decor.  more »
  • Breathtaking snow white building in Kazan Kremlin - Annunciation Cathedral - is acting cathedral build in traditional orthodox church architecture style. The history of the Cathedral goes back to 1500...  more »
  • Love the architecture of this cathedral, which is a diversity compared to other cathedrals in Moscow or St Petersburg. It is located just near Kul Sharif Mosque. Unfortunately, did not have time to en...  more »
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  • Very beautiful church with the night sky on the roof towers. ⛪️👍
  • 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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  • A curious fact, bells of the Cathedral are located inside the temple. It was out of respect to Muslims, next to the cathedral stands the main mosque of the Kazan Qolsharif mosque, where a call to the Office too, it seems, the sounds inside the mosque or no sounds. Such mutual agreement. Long live the tolerant policy))) where else is there?
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  • You haven't been here? Then I do not envy you!))) It is necessary to visit the Church and behind the Church feature views of the city.
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  • The ancient Cathedral of Kazan. Complements the architectural ensemble of the Kremlin
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Home to numerous sights and known as the Third Capital of Russia, the city of Kazan is the prime destination in Tatarstan. The city boasts a selection of accommodations to match every taste and budget. While it may lack the extravagance of some of Moscow's high-end hotels, it still offers a good selection of both modern and historical luxury lodging. Most of the city's best-known hotels sit relatively close to the center, so you don't have to worry about long commutes. Venture just beyond the center to find several smaller boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels, as well as numerous fully furnished apartments available for short-term rental.
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