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Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg





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  • Location: On the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Best time to Visit: May to August. Winter could be too cold.
  • Preferred Timing: 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • How to Reach:
    Air:
    Pulkovo Airport (LED) is the nearest airport, located about 17 km south from the city center. A number of domestic as well as international flights regularly ply to and from this airport. Terminal 1 serves domestic flights, whereas Terminal 2 serves international flights.
    You can reach city centre from the airport by taking a taxi, which may cost 600 RUB. You can also get a taxi in 500-550 RUB if you can speak Russian and order taxi by phone. A cheaper option though is the Metro Rail. The nearest metro station is Moskovskaya. You can find Bus 39 from Terminal 1 and Bus 13 from Terminal 2 to reach Moskovskaya, and the journey will cost 16 RUB.
    Train: There are five major rail stations in St. Petersburg which include Moscovskii, Vitebskii, Baltiskii, Ladozhskii and Finliandskii. You can reach St. Petersburg in 5 hours from Helsinki in Finland, and in 4.5 hours from Moscow. St. Petersburg is also connected to Baltics and Central Europe by train. The nearest Metro Station is Nevsky Prospekt.
    Bus: Though bus is the cheapest mode of transportation, but surely is not the most comfortable one. Bus services are available from Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic states to St. Petersburg. Ecolines and Eurolines are two private bus companies that run overnight services to and from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
    An impressive stone colonnade, a cathedral inspired by the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome and the main orthodox church of Russia are how one can precisely describe Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg. An outstanding example of the 19th century Russian architecture, Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, atypical of other churches of St. Petersburg, is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, the most venerated icon in Russia, and hence is also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan. Located on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kazan Cathedral was built by architect Andrei Voronikhin between 1801 and 1811. After the defeat of Napoleon in1812 war, the church became a monument to Russian victory. This is exactly the place where the captured enemy banners were put in and the famous Russian Field Marsha Mikhail Kutuzov was buried as well.

    Visiting Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

    Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg was commissioned by Tsar Paul just before he was murdered in a coup. Hence, in its every structure, his desire to unite Catholicism and Orthodoxy has been reflected. His fascination with the Knights of Malta has also been reflected on the structure of cathedral.

    The cathedral, encircling a small square with gorgeous double row columns, is the mother cathedral of the metropolis of St. Petersburg. With its huge structure, you cannot overlook the cathedral while strolling along the Nevsky Prospekt. The small garden of the cathedral is studded with statues and a central fountain.

    The interior of the cathedral is dark and traditionally orthodox with a 80 meter high done and full of numerous columns. One can see several sculptures and icons created by best Russian artists of that time. A wrought iron grille, is perhaps one of the finest ones ever created, which separates the cathedral from a small square behind. Also see the place where famous field marshal Mikhail Kutuzov was buried.

    Since 1932, Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg has been housing the collections of the Museum of History of Religion and Atheism.

    Related Links :

    http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbi4cd6VVBM: Check out the wonderful architectural beauty of the Kazan Cathdral in St. Petersburg in this video. You will understand why it is one of the most visited places in Russia.


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