5 July, Friday
RUSSIA, St Petersburg – One of the largest cathedrals in Saint Petersburg, Kazan Cathedral was designed and built to rival St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, on the orders of Emperor Paul I. It is dedicated to one of the most venerated icons of the Orthodox church, the miracle-granting Lady of Kazan.
The landmark’s signature feature is its semi-circular arrangement of columns that spread outwards, evoking imagery of ascension and flight. The magnificent structure functions as the resting place of famed Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812 after a divine appeal to Our Lady of Kazan. Afterwards, the Cathedral became an enduring memorial to the Russian victory over Napoleon.