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Kazan Cathedral
Kazan Cathedral
At the beginning of the XX century in Irkutsk on the bank of the Angara near the Church of the Savior and the Epiphany Cathedral majestically towered Kazan Cathedral. Despite a short period of existence, incomplete forty years, he firmly entered the memory of the townspeople. The majestic & nbsp; and solemn cathedral was a kind of symbol of cultural prosperity and wealth of Irkutsk in the late XIX — early XX century. Situated in the center of the city, the church not only prevailed over the surrounding buildings, but also integrated separate parish temples into an integral complex, whose expressive volumes gave the city a unique and picturesque silhouette.

Irkutsk Kazan Cathedral was one of the largest religious buildings in Russia. It accommodated five thousand worshipers, and its height reached 60 meters (from the ground level to the top of the cross of the main dome, not including the underground temple-burial vault). For comparison, we recall that St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg accommodated eight thousand people, its height was just over 100 meters, and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow was above the Irkutsk Cathedral by only 13 meters.

In 1930, despite the petition of the diocesan church administration, the cathedral was closed. In January 1932, the Department for the Protection of Monuments signed the verdict to the cathedral, refusing to adapt it to the museum and coordinating its demolition as a building that does not represent historical and artistic value. In the same year the temple was destroyed.