Cathedral of Virgin Mary of Kazan
The new cathedral of Virgin Mary of Kazan is the principal place of interest and a bright ornament to the city. It is the biggest cathedral in Siberia and the Far East. The main altar of the cathedral is dedicated to the Kazan icon of Virgin Mary. With that icon the Russian home guard forced the foreigners out of the country in 1613. The height of the belfry up to the cross is 6 m; the height of the principal dome up to the cross is 47 m and the weight of the principal dome is 26 tons. With the weight of 10 tons the principal bell out of the 15 present in the belfry is the heaviest on the territory from the Urals to the Pacific Ocean. The first divine liturgy took place on July 21, 2002, on the day of celebrations in honor of the Kazan icon of Virgin Mary, inside the walls of the yet unfinished cathedral. The principal altar of the cathedral was consecrated on September 26, 2004.