Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Cathedral is an Orthodox church and one of the main architectural attractions in Kazan. The famous 74-meter bell tower, built in the 19th century, is the tallest structure from the old city and a symbol of Bauman Street.
The cathedral is an architectural monument built in the Russian baroque style. Before the Revolution, the church was richly decorated. The walls were painted with images of saints and the domes were colored in gold. In 1873, the famous opera singer Fyodor Chaliapin was baptized there. Today, a monument of the singer stands a few meters away from the cathedral. The bell tower of the Epiphany Cathedral is more famous than the cathedral itself. It is an independent architectural object created by the architect Maxim Mikhailov. The exterior of the bell tower is very similar to the façades in Gothic cathedrals and it makes a truly spectacular impression due to the back-lighting. The second tier of the bell tower accommodates a choir named after Fyodor Chaliapin.
For a long time the Epiphany Church was called the Church by Prolomniy Gate, since the first wooden building arose on the location of a wall which was broken during the capture of Kazan by Ivan IV, also known as Ivan the Terrible. The stone church was built in 1741 at the expense of the merchant Sergei Alexandrovich Chernov. The church complex originally included a low double-tiered belfry. The new bell tower of the Epiphany Cathedral was built between 1895-1897 using the funds bequeathed by the merchant Ivan Krivonosov.
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