Saint Petersburg Kazan Cathedral was not built when they say it was...

I believe this is one of those cases where the global censorship and historical assignment committee failed to do its job properly. They still did an awesome job, but with the amounts they had to deal with, they were prone to have certain objects slip through the cracks.

It appears that a certain Russian historical marvel located in Saint Petersburg, and called the Kazan Cathedral is one of those missed buildings. And we have a certain Swedish artist to thank for this. His name was Benjamin Paterssen.

Kazan Cathedral
Saint Petersburg, Russia

constructed 1801-1811
Kazan Cathedral or Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia.

Construction of the cathedral started in 1801 and continued for ten years under the supervision of Alexander Sergeyevich Stroganov. Upon its completion in 1811, the new temple replaced the Church of Nativity of the Theotokos, which was disassembled when the Kazan Cathedral was consecrated.

The information we need is this:
  • Kazan Cathedral was officially built between 1801 and 1811
  • Andrey Voronikhin was the architect
Benjamin Paterssen

1748 - 1815
Fortunately for us, there was this Swedish-born Russian painter and engraver; known primarily for his cityscapes. Unfortunately, the history did not preserve his own image, but it did save quite a few paintings of his.

Around 1800, on a commission by Tsar Paul I, he created a series of works depicting the banks of the Neva, which earned him an appointment as court painter. Most of his works are currently held by the Hermitage and the Pushkin Museum.
What's interesting, out of the above English language sources only one contains the painting we need. But there are quite a few I was able to locate via Google Image search:

View of Kazansky Cathedral as Seen from Nevsky Prospect
Basically, what we have is the Kazan Cathedral fully built, with no signs of recent construction allegedly painted by Benjamin Paterssen in 1800. Meanwhile, the official version states that the Cathedral construction started in 1801, and was not finished prior to 1811.


kazan_cathedral_1800.jpg kazans_cath.Jpeg
Remarkable, but for whatever reason the above painting had to be redone. It is titled "View of Kazansky Cathedral in 1821". I was not able to figure out who did the 1821 painting, so if you figure it out, please let us know.


1800 vs. 1821

Do you see anything different in the above images. I only see one major difference not related to a few missing people and an extra dog. Those are two different types of crosses on the obelisk.

The Crosses
1800 Cross

1821 Cross

I do not know how significant the cross difference is, but here are some different types of crosses out there.


The Kazan Cathedral Floors
I am not going to elaborate much on the 3D original marble floors, and solar symbols inside the Christian Cathedral. I doubt every single marble floor professional of today would be able to make a floor like this. Here are some pictures of the floor.


kazan-cathedral-floor_1.jpg kazan-cathedral-floor_2.jpg kazan-cathedral-floor_3.jpg kazan-cathedral-floor_4.jpg

Good old Freemasons?

Obelisk vs. Fountain
For whatever reason the original Obelisk had to be replaced with a water fountain. I do not know why it had to be done, but it appears there was a reason for everything.


KD: I think we have this "leftover" building, which came with the city later named Saint Petersburg, Whatever the original purpose of this building was I do not know, but it sure was not a Christian Cathedral. Of course, this is only my opinion. Yup, I do not think it was built by the officially reported individuals. Tartarians?


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And in a city that was possibly dug out, on the left, by the guardhouse, we have a gentleman apparently descending some steps to access the door to the building that is... below street level.
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  • Mike Nolan

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    The gold colored Freemason symbol above the main entrance behind the obelisk is not there in the older painting.
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    The gold colored Freemason symbol above the main entrance behind the obelisk is not there in the older painting.
    And if it is there, it sure is invisible. I wish we had a better quality image.

    Found this interesting piece published in 1809. I keep on thinking that there is more to this column than we are allowed to know. Wondering if it had anything to do with the Alexander Column.