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Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan (Kazansky Sobor)

Kazanskaya Ploshchad, 2 | Nevsky Prospect, St. Petersburg, Russia (Palace Square)
7 812 315-5856
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Ranked #16 of 995 attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: Built in the early 1800s to duplicate the Vatican's Basilica of St. Peter, this huge cathedral served as a monument to Russia's victory over Napoleon... more » Owner description: Built in the early 1800s to duplicate the Vatican's Basilica of St. Peter, this huge cathedral served as a monument to Russia's victory over Napoleon in the War of 1812 and today houses the Museum of Religion. « less
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The outside was like a mini St Peter's Square in Rome with the columns on either side of the church in the same style. Inside was amazing, with massive columns supporting the structure. It was beautifully decorated and has an icon which appears to be a 'mecca' to church goers, queuing for hours to pay homage and kiss it. I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Impressive amount of gold around and lots of interesting old icons. Huge church with porticoed arms.

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The church is lovely. The now-famous art is behind a rope that kept us about 20 feet away so that to me it looked like a flat black panel. So bring binoculars to see it. We had 3x opera glasses and it really helped.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This church is really beautiful and is an active church , its very Russian typical, great experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We came into the Cathedral during a service, with beautiful music and an ornate display of the treasures of the Cathedral. We appreciated their accommodation to respectful visitors at that time. The Cathedral itself is vast, and it seems darker than other churches we visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Even if you are tired of Russian Orthodox churches as a result of having seen so many during a trip through Russia, this one is important and should not be missed. It houses two very significant things: first, one of the most revered copies of the icon of Our Lady of Kazan; and second; the grave of the great Russian... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We visited most of the main cathedrals in St Petersburg during our five-day visit. This isn't the most showy, but it's great if you want to get a sense of the Russian Orthodox church and some of its differences from Catholicism (no statues or stained glass, just icons, no seats, etc). We were really grateful to have an excellent guide... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

WHY WORTH A VISIT: of all the main Russian orthdox churches in St Petersburg, this is the only working church, not a museum. So here your impression of the place will not be ruines by numerous cameras flashing, lound talking and crowds. It's decorated with different kinds of marble and granit, and all the granit is local. Last but not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The interior is very ornate. We were very lucky to visit the cathedral while there was a wedding in progress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

heard about it - but didn't meant o go. saw it by surprise and went over there just to take some photos - finaly stayed for over 2 hours. recommended!!!

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