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August 6

Heading out for my first real walk-about, I was on my way to the Church of the Savior of Blood..what a name..and came across this place which was not even on my radar.

It's the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of our Lady of Kazan, begun in 1801 and completed 10 years later.

Closed after the Russian Revolution it reopened in 1932 as the pro-Marxist "Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism" or, as one contemporary writer put it more baldly, "Leningrad's largest antireligious museum", complete with Spanish Inquisition waxworks.

Services resumed in 1992, and four years later the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. As of 2017 it functions as the mother cathedral of the metropolis of St. Petersburg.

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