The Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan was built in 1801-1811 by V.Voronikhin. It is an outstanding example of the Russian classical architecture. The cathedral was put up on the spot of a small wooden church to accommodate the ancient miracle-working icon of Godmother of Kazan, which was the family icon of the Romanovs. The best artists participated in the decoration of the cathedral, sculptors I.Martos, I.Prokofiev, painters O.Kiprensky, V.Borovikovsky, A.Ivanov. Although the cathedral was finished before the Patriotic War of 1812, it became the War Memorial devoted to the Russian military glory. The captured enemy banners and keys of the French cities are kept inside the cathedral. It was here the remains of the Field- Marshal M.Kutuzov were brought in 1813. Now the Cathedral is the principle Russian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. In front of the cathedral there are two monuments to Field-Marshals M.Kutuzov and Barclay de Tolly.


Text by Ekaterina Chistyakova

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