Historical Churches (Self Guided), Kazan

Kazan’s religious traditions have evolved from primitive paganism to Christianity and Islam. Orthodox Christianity rapidly spread throughout the city in the middle of the 16th century and various nationalities, including Russians, Mordovins, Maris and and some Tatars, converted. Take this tour to discover Kazan’s most amazing churches.
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Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Historical Churches
Guide Location: Russia » Kazan (See other walking tours in Kazan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lutheran Church of St. Catherine
  • Convent of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God
  • Church of Paraskeva of Friday
  • Annunciation Cathedral
  • Monastery of St. John the Baptist
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral
  • Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Epiphany Cathedral & Belltower
  • Roman Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Lutheran Church of St. Catherine

1) Lutheran Church of St. Catherine

Construction began in 1767, a notable year for the German Lutheran community due to the visit of Empress Catherine II. The Lutheran Church of St. Catherine was opened in 1771 and between 1862 and 1865 a Neo-Gothic brick church was erected. Substantially renovated in 1903, it served a variety of purposes throughout the years of civil war and revolution.
Convent of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

2) Convent of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

Consecrated on September 15, 1825, this church was built in honor of the Exaltation of the Cross, although all the icons were ready by 1823. Its history is linked with the founding of the highly-esteemed miracle icon of Our Lady of Kazan in Russia. Its massive colonnades, the mysterious twilight cathedral and the iconostasis in a form of a cross truly awaken the spirit.
Church of Paraskeva of Friday

3) Church of Paraskeva of Friday

The Church of Paraskeva of Friday, or Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, was built at the end of the 16th century by Ivan Mihlyaev (who built the Peter and Paul Cathedral). The church has three altars, the high altar was sanctified in the name of Epiphany, the right one in the name of three Kazan saints, Guria, Herman and Ignaty, and the left in the name of the Holy Paraskeva. Closed and converted into a prison in 1937, in 1957 the church was once again open for prayer. Since its recent restoration, the high altar has been consecrated in honor of St. Paraskeva.
Annunciation Cathedral

4) Annunciation Cathedral (must see)

Originally a wooden church replaced by a stone sanctuary, the Annunciation Cathedral was founded in 1552 and was the first Christian cathedral inside the walls of the Kazan Kremlin. Being one of Kazan’s oldest surviving monuments and architectures, the church was named after the Annunciation of the Most Holy Virgin and Ivan himself marked this site with a cross. Over the centuries it suffered fire damage, with heavy restoration of the exterior as well as new altars, cupolas and iconostasis, an exact replica of the original, added. The new cathedral, established in 1562, contains two side altars, the right one in honor of Saints Boris and Gleb, and the left in honor of the miracle workers, Peter and Fevroniya.
Monastery of St. John the Baptist

5) Monastery of St. John the Baptist

Dedicated to John the Baptist, this monastery housed the administration of the Kazan diocese from 1918 to 1922, after it had been expelled from the Kremlin. Following the arrest of Metropolitan Kirill in 1922, Renovationists occupied the monastery and used it as a strategic center. Closed in 1929, the cathedral was demolished and the appendant Vvedenskaia church and monks' lodgings were transformed into communal living space. Until the 1980s, more than 20 people lived in one accommodation unit under unbearable conditions, such as extreme cold and leaking roofs. The monastery has been reopened since 1992, the monks living there nowadays run a Sunday school and a library.
St. Nicholas Cathedral

6) St. Nicholas Cathedral

Erected in 1778 with the financial backing of merchant Arseny Poduruev, the complex of St. Nicholas Cathedral consists of two churches: Pokrovskaya Church, built in 1703, with a remarkable tower and five-domed ceiling, and St. Nicholas Chapel (1885), with an ornate façade. The chapel proved to be its core, which determined its present name. The subject of heavy reconstruction, during the Soviet period it was seriously damaged, with restoration being completed in 2001.
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

7) Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral (must see)

Consecrated in honor of Tsar Peter I of Russia, this cathedral built in 1722 is considered one of the most famous churches of the Naryshkin Baroque style, common in Russia in the first half of the 18th century. What mainly sets it apart from other Russian cathedrals are the numerous façade details, bright colors and décor, making it one of Kazan’s most valuable architectural and spiritual monuments. Particularly notable is the Smolensk-Sedmiozernaya Icon of Our Lady and the Iverskaya Icon of Our Lady.
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Epiphany Cathedral & Belltower

8) Epiphany Cathedral & Belltower (must see)

Founded in 1897, Epiphany Cathedral & Bell Tower is one of the highest constructions in the city, its bell tower a prominent view when walking down Bauman Street. Designed in the Russian Baroque style, later, an attic, a cupola, a dining room and a belfry were added. No other bell tower in Kazan matches its height and beauty, making it more famous than the church itself. It houses a wonderful collection of valuable icons and relics of Metropolitan Alexy.
Roman Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

9) Roman Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

This beautiful sky-blue Roman Catholic church was erected in 2008. Its main hall comes to life by the light of hundreds of candles, its organ from Italy and its traditionally decorative sculptures of the Savior and the Mother of God and a large wooden cross. Four bells, installed in the belfry, invite the congregation to service.

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