Peter and Paul Cathedral

Peter and Paul Cathedral. In the reign of Peter I throughout Russia, cathedrals in the style of Russian Baroque were erected: the Church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Trinity-Lykov outside Moscow (1697), the Church of the Resurrection in Kadashi in Moscow (1687), the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin in Nizhny Novgorod (1719). The Peter and Paul Cathedral of Kazan is one of the most striking examples of the style of Peter’s era, while for the regional architecture it is exceptional. Beginning with Catherine II, all Russian emperors (except Nicholas II) visited the cathedral. Almost all famous people, regardless of religion, who visited Kazan also described the church. Descriptions of the cathedral are given in the writings of Alexander Humboldt and Alexander Dumas. Alexander Pushkin was also here. Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin sang in the choir of the cathedral. The temple complex includes the cathedral itself, the bell tower, and a house for the clergy.

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