Russia is a double-faced country with a questionable political attitude but full of wonderful pieces of art, friendly people, and fascinating history. Despite all extraordinary museums, palaces, and metro stations, the Russian churches can impress you until the core of your heart even if you are not into religion. Here we would like to mention just a few astonishing Russian churches and cathedrals to prove that Italy is not the only country that might impress you.
Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, Sergiyev Posad
Less than 100km away from Moscow you can find is the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. This spot is important for Russians for more than 700 years. The first monastery that was built here was little, wooden, and made by Sergius of Radonezh. Later, he was joined by the religious followers and they have formed the community of monks called a lavra. Year by year this place became very important and during the 17th century the imposing church and monastery were built from stones. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Trinity Lavra was closed and reopened after World War II in 1946. Today, more than 300 monks live here permanently, thousands of pilgrims and tourists are visiting this sacred place annually, and the Trinity Lavra was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993.
Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is an incredible city full of imperial palaces, churches, and art galleries that will make your speechless. However, Kazan Cathedral is exceptional because it was designed to resemble the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome. Construction of the cathedral started in 1801, and the project was made by famous Russian architect Andrey Voronikhin. The constructions of this cathedral are massive, and it is surrounded by ninety-six columns that are 13 meters high. The interior features numerous sculptures and icons created by the best Russian artists. This cathedral is dedicated to the Lady of Kazan and the masses are constantly held here.
Church of Kizhi Pogost, Kizhi Island
This church is quite different as it does not have golden domes or colorful exterior. Church of Kizhi Pogost is a historical wooden site built in the 17th century. The 37-meter high traditional design church with twenty-two domes has survived the Russian Revolution, World War II, and repressions of the Soviet Union, as a result, now this church, the nearby church the Intercession, and an octagonal wooden bell tower are protected by the law of UNESCO World Heritage.
Cathedral of Saint Basil, Moscow
It could be called the most recognizable cathedral in Russia because everyone knows those colorful domes in the heart of Red Square. The red walls and kaleidoscopic domes are forming the site of the UNESCO World Heritage is a national symbol. The construction of an outstanding building shaped like the flame of a bonfire was finished in 1561 as an order from Ivan the Terrible. The interior of the cathedral is decorated by famous paintings and the building now is used as a museum.