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“Russian Orthodox Cathedral in NeoClassical Architecture”
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Kazan Cathedral
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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.
Reviewed February 22, 2014

This cathredral is unique in Russia; while it's not the only Renaissance-style cathedral (St. Issac's is further down the road) it's fairly small and intimate, looking a bit like a jewelbox version of St. Peter's in Rome. Mass is held here regularly and you needn't leave the building if it starts while you're there; in fact you should stay because it's quite a moving experience, even if you're not Orthodox. I had no idea what the ritual protocol was, and actually I felt I had no business trying to follow along, but whenever I was making a faux pas by just standing there--when I was going to be in the way of a procession--one of the elderly ladies would gently touch my arm and move me to the proper place, no scolding or anything. If you're quiet and respectful, they have no problem with you being there. As far as attire, you don't have to be dressed up, but don't look grungy. Men should not wear hats in an Orthodox cathedral, and women should cover their heads (a scarf is typical).

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Visited St Petersburg in September 2013. I was out enjoying a tour of the city by foot when I stumbled across this gorgeous architectural maze of colonnades and was simply too dramatic in appearance to resist a visit. This turned out to be Kazan Cathedral which today still functions as an operating church in St Petersburg. Quite refreshing as compared to so many other great churches which are now museums.

Great history but then is St Petersburg, a city that literally stretches back hundreds of years. The actual cathedral/church is located at the back of the colonnade so from first inspection you are absolutely unaware that this is a cathedral of any kind.

It makes a very easy visit, if you are on Nevsky Prospect just checking out the neighborhood, it is also very close to the Metro which makes it easily accessible.

Several viewers commented on their visit during a church service which I did not do. The time I visited was outside of their services but is absolutely worth a walk around - there is no charge to get in and it is a delightful visit.

Certainly one of the most impressive architectural buildings in and around the popular tourist sites of St Petersburg.

My advice is quite simple - if you are in St Petersburg this is a must visit!

Thank Harv and Les C
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Our Lady of Kazan cathedral is one of the few major churches in central St.Petersburg which is a working cathedral rather than a state museum. Architecturally it is quite striking with its dome and huge semi-circular collonade which reaches out to Nevsky Prospect. Much work has been done on it recently and behind it it still looks like a construction site. As a working church, one needs to dress conservitively and photos are not allowed. It is however completely free rather than a couple hundred roubles. The interor is beautiful with scores of icons, mosaics, magnificent iconostases. I would urge visitors to consider comming during services (on Sunday 10 and 1800h) to truly experience it. The music supplied by male choir as well as the priests is unearthly, ancient, dark and deeply spiritual. The smell of incense, hundreds of candles also adds. Just stay quiet, reverent and do what the lady standing next to you is doing and you will have a very special experience even if you can't fully follow what is transpiring or even if you are secular.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

When one thinks of Russian Cathedrals it is images of St Basil's or Church of the Saviour on the Blood that come to mind. Although those are trully stunning building what makes Kazansky Sobor so fascinating is that it looks completely diferent.

Looking more like a palace than a cathedral and placed neatly by Nevsky prospekt this is an easy must-see when visiting Piter!

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

The beauty of this building keeps a little surprize: A lady in the church constantly is weeping the floor cleaning the wax of the candles brought to the icoon the Holy Mother and child.
Seen from the Nevskiy Prospect, you don't see a church in it. But behind this range of colums there is an immense cathedral, repeating the colums inside.

1  Thank Rob S
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