This cathedral, built in the beginning of the 19th century as a sort of “replica” of the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, primarily due to its massive colonnade.
One of the most prominent features of Nevsky Prospect, we visit this during the sightseeing tours.
This is a functioning cathedral where, if you are interested, you can attend an Eastern Orthodox church service. If it is a metropolitan cathedral today (meaning the main cathedral in Saint Petersburg), then in Soviet times it suffered the sad fate of being looted for whatever property the state wanted to acquire, and was even turned into a “Museum of Atheism” for almost 60 years. Nonetheless, the cathedral withstood this harsh treatment and continuous bombing during the blockade of Leningrad (you can see marks from the shell fragments on the columns).
A tour to Kazan Cathedral (or Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor) is a must, and is included in most of our tour programs.