Cathedral of The Roman Catholic Church of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary is one of two Catholic cathedrals in Moscow, and the biggest Catholic cathedral in Russia as well. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century by request of the Roman Catholic counsel of Moscow. Authorities gave their permission, although asked to observe some terms, like, for example, to built this Catholic cathedral far away from the city center and Moscow Orthodox churches.
The construction of Cathedral of The Roman Catholic Church of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary took ten years. The money for it were collected by Polish Catholics who lived near Malaya Gruzinskaya street where the cathedral is located and worked for Moscow Smolensk railroad. The new cathedral was built in neo-Gothic style, with massive decoration elements.
In 1938, due to uneasy situation in the country the Cathedral was closed, and a dormitory was organized inside it. During the Great Patriotic War the cathedral suffered from some bombings, when some spires and turrets were demolished. After the war, in 1956, the building was given to ‘Mosspetspromproekt’ research institute, and its interior was completely differed. Only in the end of the 80s Moscow Polish society raised an issue considering cathedral’s return to Catholic church people.
Now the Cathedral of The Roman Catholic Church of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary not only has its perish, but also attracts people from all over Moscow who love to listen to organistic music. It’s also very beautiful, and it’s always a pleasure to pass it by.
Excursions with Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary
We invite you to a private guided walking tour of Zamoskvorechye - one of the oldest and most interesting districts of Moscow. This famous Moscow district is located on the right side of the Moskva River, south of the Kremlin. During the excursion yo