The Kazan Cathedral is An Awe-Inspiring Attraction for all tours to St. Petersburg
The impressive Kazan Cathedral will grab your attention on all tours to St. Petersburg. Built between 1801 and 1811, this cathedral is located on the lively Kazanskaya Square, where families, tourists, and street performers gather. With an awesome stone colonnade of 96 columns, an 80-meter high dome topped by a gilt cross, and a lovely central garden and fountain, the architecture was inspired by Rome’s Basilica of St. Peter.
After the Russian army defeated Napoleon in 1812, this cathedral stood proudly as a national monument to military triumph. Many trophies captured by Russian troops were put on display here, and Prince Mikhail Kutuzov, the Russian field commander, is buried in a vault of the northern chapel.
Originally intended to be the main Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, three entrances with sculpted doors lead inside the cathedral. The grand interior features red granite pillars and a magnificent mosaic floor, and four massive silver candelabra stand gloriously before the main altar. Named for the icon of miracle-maker, Our Lady of Kazan, which used to be housed here, this quiet place of prayer is recommended for all visitors who travel to St. Petersburg. You can tour the majestic site or attend daily services held in the Kazan Cathedral.
During your Baltic tours to St. Petersburg do not miss to visit Our Lady of Kazan: