Icon «Nativity of the Blessed Virgin» moved to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Cazan

Icon «Nativity of the Blessed Virgin», XVIII century

The icon «Nativity of the Blessed Virgin» was returned to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Cazan from the State Museum of the History of Religion despite the fact it still belongs to the state.

The icon dated XVIII century was one of the most honoured relics of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Cazan from the moment of its sanctification in1811. It was placed in the iconostasis of its southern side-altar sanctified after the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. The icon was moved to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Cazan from the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin built in 1733-37 after the project of Mikhail Zemtsov. It was situated near the cathedral in the Nevsky Avenue and was taken to pieces 1810-11 the day before the sanctification of the new Cathedral of Our Lady of Cazan built in 1801-1811 to the design of A. Voronikhin.

In 1932 the State Museum of the History of Religion was founded in the cathedral. More than 70 years the icon had been preserved in the collection of the museum. The icon didn’t leave the cathedral up to the move of the museum to the other building in the 1990s. Being part of the museum collection, the icon was an exhibit icon, not a relics.

In 2006 it was given as a free use to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Cazan. The ceremony of the move was assisted by A. Sokolov, the Culture and Mass Communications Minster, on July 12 at 17.30.

As it was announced by the press-service of the Museum of the History of Religion, only the wording «long-term free use»,can be correct for the case. Officially, the museum can neither donate nor deed the icon to the cathedral and it has been included in the list of museum exhibits.

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