The 74 metre 19th century bell tower is a monument of Russian baroque architecture and a symbol of Bauman street, created by architect Maxim Mikhailov. Externally, the bell tower is very similar to that of a facade of a typical gothic cathedral and bestows a truly lasting impression. In the second tier of the bell tower, there is a choral chapel named after Feodor Chaliapin, and just a few steps away from the bell tower – the erected monument to the famous singer can also be found.
For a long time, the Epiphany Cathedral was called the Church at the Prolomnyh Gate, since the first wooden building was erected at the site of the wall break during the capture of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible. A stone church was built in 1741 at the expense of merchant Sergei Chernov. In 1873, the famous Feodor Chaliapin was baptized here. The new bell tower of the Epiphany Cathedral was built in 1895-1897 with the help of funds bequeathed by the merchant Ivan Krivonosov.
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