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Kazan Cathedral

This salmon-and-white Russian Orthodox Church is a faithful replica of an earlier cathedral, which was blown up during Communist rule.

Kazan Cathedral is relatively small and new by Moscow’s standards, but its distinctive façade of red brick and white trim with neoclassical architecture makes it a firm favorite among residents and visiting tourists. Discover the interesting history behind this traditional Orthodox Church and marvel at the splendor of its impressive fresco-covered interior.

Learn about the history of churches on this site. Kazan Cathedral was first erected in the 17th century as a tribute to the Virgin of Kazan, celebrating a military defeat over the Polish. During the conflict with Napoleon, the little cathedral hosted a service dedicated to the Virgin for safe deliverance from the French. Although the cathedral survived this difficult period, it was later destroyed by the Soviets. The current Kazan Cathedral is a reconstruction of the original and was completed in 1993.

Even from afar, the cathedral can immediately be recognized by its distinctive cubic shape and colorful exterior. Take some time to appreciate its variety of dainty domes, the grandest of which is its glistening main golden dome. Return at night to see the building brightly illuminated. The special spotlights augment the bright exterior and reflect off the domes, giving the structure a particularly festive feel.

Step inside the cathedral to view Russian Orthodox iconography. Among the most famous is the Kazanskaya icon, which is seen as a guardian angel for the country. Be quiet and respectful as you join churchgoers worshipping at a copy of the icon.

The cathedral borders the famous Red Square. Explore this historic area further to find many Muscovite landmarks, such as the iconic onion-domed St Basil’s Cathedral and the solemn cemetery of the Kremlin Wall.

Take the train to the Okhotny Ryad metro station to see the Kazan Cathedral, which is open daily. It is located at the northern end of Red Square.


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        Four Seasons Hotel Moscow ¥50,132
        Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

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