Kazan Cathedral of St. Petersburg forest will close for a year

Saint-Petersburg. June 6. INTERFAX – Facade scaffolding will be installed at the Kazan Cathedral of St. Petersburg in the near future, reported the press service of the Smolny.

“GATI issued permits for the installation of scaffolding for maintenance and restoration of the Kazan Cathedral on Kazan square, 2, letter. A. the Work will be completed may 15, 2019”, – stated in the message.

In addition, scaffolding will “dress” the facade of the Catholic Church of St. Catherine on Nevsky Prospekt, the building of “the College house them. Peter the Great” at the Petrogradskaya embankment and the object of cultural heritage “the House of N. In.Besobrasova” at Haymarket square.

In December, a competition was announced for the restoration and re-creation of colors of facades and interiors of the Kazan Cathedral, as well as the design and decoration of natural stone. The initial price of the contract amounted to 34.5 million.

Kazan Cathedral in 2011, he celebrated the 200th anniversary. In connection with the anniversary was started large-scale restoration. In particular, experts have begun to clear the columns: work was carried out in the first row, and in the West portico. In 2012, the company performed repairs and restoration of facades of the North portico.

The facades are lined with tuff-like porous Pudost limestone deposits. The columns are composed entirely of stone blocks. Sculptures (bas-reliefs, capitals of columns and pilasters, ornamental cutting) made of stone.

In 1799 the Emperor Paul I announced a competition to design a new Cathedral in the city center. In 1800 the count Alexander Stroganov suggested to the Emperor a project created by the architect Andrei Voronikhin. The Foundation of the new temple took place in 1801 in the presence of Emperor Alexander I. the Building was completed in 1811.