Казанский собор в Петербурге. Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg
Kazan Cathedral was built on the site of a small church where the miraculous icon of Kazan Mother of God, in whose honor the church was named. At the request of Paul I, the temple was supposed to be like the Cathedral of St. Peter's in Rome. Design of the Kazan Cathedral was agreed that the architect Voronikhin. The construction works lasted ten years. Kazan Cathedral was the biggest church in the early 19th century: its height is 71.5 meters, it is decorated with internal and external columns, carved out of huge granite monoliths, weighing 30 tons each. Казанский собор был возведен на месте небольшой церкви, в которой находилась чудотворная икона Казанской Божьей Матери, в честь которой собор и был назван. По требованию Павла I храм должен был походить на собор Святого Петра в Риме. Проектирование Казанского собора было решено поручить архитектору Воронихину. На возведение собора ушло десять лет. Казанский собор стал самым большим храмом начала 19 века: его высота достигает 71,5 метра, он украшен внутренними и внешними колоннами, высеченными из огромных гранитных монолитов, весом до 30 тонн каждая.
Сквер перед Казанским собором, на этом месте в 1737 году находилась церковь Рождества Богородицы. Squ...
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Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.
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Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).
The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.
Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.
Text by Steve Smith.