Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Address: 27/13б Malaya Gruzinskaya street
Moscow’s main Catholic cathedral, built by its Polish community at the start of the 20th century.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Moscow
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – this is the main Catholic cathedral in Moscow (and in Russia), which surprises with its unusual, neo-Gothic appearance, was built using money from Moscow’s Polish community from 1901-1911 (incidentally, the site to build it was not chosen at random).
Despite the fact that it is under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church, it did not escape the fate of Orhtodox churches in Soviet times: it was shut down, fell into ruin, used as a dormitory, and then given over to a research institute that – after a complicated process – only left the premises in 1996.
Today, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is a stunning example of Gothicism in Moscow (something rare, and therefore more meaningful). It is also one of two places where Moscow’s Catholics can attend mass in their native language.
Our guides follow a special route that covers a visit to the cathedral as part of a tour of Moscow’s Gothic architecture, or a tour to see sights associated with the city’s religious communities.
Ratings: 4 (average 4 of 5)