Kazan Cathedral is enormous measuring 295 feet long and 235 feet tall. The Russian Orthodox church was patterned after St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor represents the height of Andrey Voronikhin’s career. This architect was the father of this early 19th century, Neoclassical architecture called the Russian Empire style. The cathedral’s namesake is Our Lady of Kazan, an image of the Virgin Mary from the Middle Ages. This sacred art is considered to be the Holy Protectress of Russia and is credited with saving Russia from Napoleon’s attacks in 1812. Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan is a reproduction of the sacred art.