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Churches

Christ the Savior Cathedral.

The appearance of the Orthodox Church in the center of the westernmost regional capital marked the significant event not only in the spiritual but also in the cultural and political life of the region. The construction started in 1996 with the laying of the capsule, which contained the soil taken from the foundation of the Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral. The consecration ceremony took place during the visit of Alexis II Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and Russian President V. Putin during the celebrations dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Kaliningrad region. .

How to find: Pobedy square, 2, Kaliningrad

 

The Cathedral.

In 1330 the bishop Jogann Klare laid the Cathedral which was initially planned as a fortification. In case of conflict with the Teutonic Order this fortification could resist the Castle troops. Having noticed the superfluous strength walls the Grandmaster of the Order asked the bishop for the document which could serve as a guarantee that the Cathedral would not have military devices. Only after these preconscious measures had been taken the permission on the building of the Cathedral was issued. Since then the 13th of September 1333 is considered the date of the Cathedral foundation. For that time it was a very rapid process – it took only 50 years. It is dedicated the Sacred Christ's Body, Maiden Maria, All Saints and St. Adalbert. The Cathedral, which is a basilica with 3 naves, is a very traditional one for the Order construction of that time. It is 101 meters long, 36 meters wide and 58 meters high (including the tower).

The Cathedral used to be the centre for social life and at the same time the burial vault for prominent residents of the city. 6 grandmasters of the Teutonic order and the first Duke of Prussia Albrecht von Brandenburg together with his spouse Doroteya slumber here. The remnants of their tomb have survived. The professor’s crypt appeared at the northern wall of the Cathedral in the XVI century.

The Cathedral was severely damaged as a result of the bombardment launched by the British aviation on the night of the 29-30th of August 1944. The vaults collapsed, the altar was destroyed, the pulpit, baptismal chapel and tomb completely burned.

In 1989 the ruins of the Cathedral were inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. This moment marked the beginning of the revival of the Cathedral. Today the Cathedral houses the museum expositions devoted to its history and the history of the Kneiphof island-town as well as the life, works of I. Kant, Evangelical and Orthodox chapels and a concert hall.

The Cathedral is considered to be one of the symbols of contemporary Kaliningrad.

How to find: I. Kanta Str., 1, Kaliningrad

Opening hours: 10.00 - 17.00 (ticket window: 10.00 – 16.30)

Contacts: + 7 (4012) 631705, ksobor@baltnet.ru, www.sobor-kaliningrad.ru

 

The Holly Cross Temple (Kreuzkirche).

It was built in 1933 by Artur Kikton’s project . The main attaction of this church (temple) is a unique amber iconostasis. The unusual appearance of the main front deserves more attention –it is a mosaic with the image of cross. In the 90s of XX cent it was restored and nowadays it functions as an Orthodox church (the Church of Raising of the Cross).

How to find: Gen.Pavlova Str., 2, Kaliningrad