The Peter and Paul Cathedral is one of the most valuable architectural monuments in Kazan, one of the spiritual symbols of Kazan, and an impressive example of the Petrine era, also known as the Russian or Naryshkin Baroque. Erected in 1726 in honor of Peter I visiting Kazan, the Cathedral is located in the historic center of Kazan, near the Kazan Kremlin.
The cathedral has unique decorations. There is also a well preserved, 25-meter, seven-tiered iconostasis which is the same age as the church. It is a unique creation that is brightly decorated with gilded carvings. The decorations, frescoes, stucco, bright colors and the detailed facade give the architectural monument its exceptional image. North-east of the cathedral, there is a 49-meter, six-tiered bell tower with baroque decor that is just as amazing as the rest. The Peter and Paul Cathedral has been the most visited church of Kazan throughout its history, leaving no indifferent visitors in Kazan. Many Russian emperors, famous writers, and public figures expressed their admiration for this church. The famous opera singer Feodor Chaliapin sang within the walls of the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Not to mention, one of the earliest descriptions of the cathedral is contained in the writings of Alexander von Humboldt and Alexander Dumas.
The Cathedral was built by the Kazan merchant Ivan Mikhlyaev on the site of the ancient Peter and Paul Church, the first mention of which dates back to 1565. According to the legend, the Emperor Peter I participated in laying the building's foundation, but this fact is not documented. The cathedral remained active during Soviet times until 1939, and after its closure it was officially considered an architectural monument protected by the state. It was a planetarium from the 1950s until the 1980s. The cathedral was returned to the Church in 1989.
Bus: Take number 98 until the stop named Pochta/Kremlevskaya (Post Office/Kremlin)