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Kazansky Cathedral

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The Kazansky Cathedral is one of the finest architectural ensembles in Saint Petersburg. It was designed and built in 1801-1811 by Andrei Voronikhin. The architect has created a magnificent edifice (height – 71.6 meters, length – 72.5 meters), with its main building facing onto Nevsky Avenue. The cathedrals with its semi-circular Corinthian colonade (96 thirteen-meter-high columns) is the dominant feature in one of the most elegant squares of the city.

Huge bas-reliefs, approximately 15 meters long and almost two meters high, depicting Biblical subjects, grace the two butt-ends of the building facing onto Nevsky Avenue. The bas-relief above the left butt-end of the building was executed by the famous Russian sculptor Ivan Martos on the subject Moses Parting the Waters, the one above the right butt-end is a depiction of the Brazen Serpent by the sculptor Ivan Prokofiev.

The cathedrals highly artistic interior decoration consisting of 56 monolithic red granite columns and a mosaic floor composed of multifarious Karelian marbles are bound to produce an unforgettable impression on you. The cathedral’s interior is the work of Vladimir Borovokovsky. Orest Kirpensky and other outstanding Russian artists of the beginning of the 19th century.


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