Blogger mihael-uwoo visited the Peter and Paul Cathedral of Kazan and shared his interesting images.
The Orthodox Cathedral is built in the style of Russian baroque that was rather popular in the epoch of Peter the Great. As you can see it has unusual windows and beautifully decorated facades.
The cathedral is rather old, it was built in 1726.
It repeatedly suffered in fires – in 1742, 1749, 1815, 1842. In 1774 it was plundered by participants of the Pugachev’s rebellion.
The cathedral was restored in 1864 and 1889.
After the revolution, in the late 30s, the church was brought under persecution and the cathedral was used for other, non-religious purposes.
Thus, in the late 60s it was used as a premise for a planetarium and museum shops. You can imagine that – they played billiards under the iconostasis, the area under the altar was occupied by a conference-hall and a propaganda room.
In the 80s it was given back to the church but its condition was rather miserable.
There are more tourists here than praying grannies, to say the truth. The place itself is silent and mysterious. On the image above is an iconostasis that consists of seven tiers.
When you look at this you have a strong feeling of eternity…
The church chandelier.
So many sources of light create a wonderful picture.
The spirit of time…
Unfortunately, the historic monument is surrounded by modern houses and structures from all sides. This is why one cannot photograph a general view of the whole cathedral. Cleaning of the neighbouring territory for a hundred meters or so would show some respect to the history…