St Nicholas Cathedral
The St Nicholas Cathedral consists of the St. Nicholas Nizskaya (Lower) Church as well as the Intercession Church, a separate bell tower and several administrative buildings. This architectural ensemble has been officially recognized as an object of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation. Cathedral of the Intercession built in 1696 is one of the oldest in Kazan. Take a moment to marvel at the openwork crosses atop the domes of the cathedral and the four side domes painted in a blue and white checkered style design which give the church a festive look. These also happen to be the only domes painted in this style in Kazan today. Many of Kazan’s most sacred objects and relics are presently stored in the cathedral. The most famous are the miraculous Our Lady of Kazan icon, Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God, The "All-Blessed" Icon of the Mother of God, and many others.
On the site of the St Nicholas Cathedral in 1565 there once stood a wooden church of St Nicholas of Nicholas Borovsk. The current temple, judging by its architectural forms and decor, was built in the middle of the 17th century, and the bell tower of the Intercession Church - in the 1720s-30s. The Nikolo-Nizovsky parish was one of the least crowded in Kazan, and the parishioners were mostly low-income families. At the end of the 19th century, the parish priest Nikolai Varushkin found philanthropists to renovate the run-down church. The main funds for the construction of the new building of the Nikolo-Nizovsky Church were provided by merchants and members of the construction committee.
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