Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

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Modeled after one of the Vatican's major landmarks, Kazan Cathedral houses a world-famous icon of Our Lady of Kazan, one of the most significant religious images of Orthodox Christianity. Built in the early years of the 19th century, the classically designed building boasts a massive dome, dominating this part of the city from a height of some 80 m (260 ft). The lavishly decorated cathedral features numerous columns, sculptures, and icons, created by some of the biggest names in Russian art. Famed sculptor Boris Orlovsky designed the bronze statues of the Napoleonic War heroes Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov, whose remains lie interred inside the cathedral. Put Kazan Cathedral into our St. Petersburg holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 19, 2017
    I was having a stroll nearby the canal, Singer Building and Church of Spilled Blood. Worth the visit when you are around the area.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    One of the most beautiful Cathedral in St. Petersburg and indeed in the world perhaps. Inside spend interesting tours and they go every 30 minutes. One bad thing-parking. In the heart of long ago it's time to introduce a fee for parking.
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  • August 18, 2017
    This famous Nevsky prospect in Saint Petersburg, on this "truncated the Vatican basilica imitation. And it's true that she looks a little, this Orthodox Cathedral of our Lady of Kazan (photo 1). Not colourful at all, is gray, the rigor of classical lines contrasts with the other churches of St. Petersburg. This is normal, because it was built from 1801 to 1811 by architect Andreï Voronikhine, on the order of Emperor Paul Ier. Before entering the colonnade, we must look at the various statues of generals Russians, winners of the war against Napoleon in 1812 (photo 2). Similarly, small businesses are visible around the building: some sellers sell their food creations (photos 3 and 4) during that "actors" pose with tourists to remind the splendors of the past (photos 5 and 6). Look at these two semicircular colonnades, with these beautiful Corinthian style columns with their acanthus leaves (pictures 7 and 8). They are high and watch them dizzy (photo 9). They support a classic pediment too, beautifully decorated (photo 10). Inside, dark enough, is adorned with 56 Corinthian style in pink granite columns and the floor is covered with a mosaic in marble of Karelia (photo 11). It is dedicated to our Lady of Kazan icon that is located on the Central iconostasis of the central nave of the Cathedral. It's easy to spot it, because before her, the pilgrims waiting in line to greet her closely.
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  • Kazan is an active church and therefore you may enter free of charge. It is, however, not always open, but when it is you can often witness a church service or even sometimes a wedding taking place inside. The interior, like most Orthodox churches, is just beautiful. You should ask the local priest's blessing before taking photos inside this active church
  • Very different to the other cathedrals, worth a look if you have time. Quick entry and free.
  • It's amazing and exposing structure in the heart of the city. Although it Resembles a lot of other buildings throughout Western Europe, being in this city and location, gives it a much different meaning/ experience.
  • Simply stunning! Inspired by St Peter's Basilica in Vatican, this is a very unusual Russian church, inside and out.
  • Located on the Nevsky Prospect, a long, straight, wide main shopping street and tourist area. Kazan Cathedral is a smallish cathedral with a very imposing entrance, being a large walled gate. In my opinion, the wall and entrance is more spectacular and imposing than the cathedral itself.

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