The cathedral contrasts starkly with the severe-looking cathedrals usually seen in Saint Petersburg, a European city that took its cue from completely different architectural styles. In this case, a project with so-called “Russian style” won the competition, as a result of which this Moscow “replica” appeared in Saint Petersburg.
However, an architectural analysis, and comparing it with Saint Basil’s Cathedral, fairly quickly reveals that they have fundamental differences, and are only superficially similar (primarily in terms of their decoration).
A tour inside the cathedral is also interesting – the mosaics inside showcase evangelical subject matter.
Despite the fact that this cathedral was repeatedly in risk of being demolished in Soviet times (the cathedral was used as a morgue, and then as a warehouse for stage props), the building managed to survive, and is one of the most popular museums in Saint Petersburg.