The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sights to see 21.08.2019
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the main Catholic cathedral of Moscow, built in neo-gothic style at the expense of the Polish community. The main buildings were raised at the beginning of the 20th century according to the project of Bogdanovich-Dvorzhetsky.
The cathedral is a typical example of the architecture of Catholic churches - lancet arches, figured towers go skyward, colored stained-glass windows. The church regularly hosts concerts of organ music and other cultural events.
The Archbishop Metropolitan Paolo Pezzi heads the Cathedral. The third Moscow Catholic church built before the revolution of 1917, one of the three currently functioning Catholic churches of Moscow, along with the Church of St. Louis and the Church of St. Olga.
In 1894, the Council of the Roman Catholic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Milyutinsky lane appealed to the Moscow governor with a request to allow the construction of a third Catholic Church due to the growth of the Catholic community in Moscow. Permission was granted if construction would be far from the city center and especially revered Orthodox churches, without towers and external sculptures. The neo-gothic project of Bogdanovich-Dvorzhetsky, designed for 5,000 worshipers, was approved, despite the non-observance of the latter condition.
In the cathedral, there are masses in Russian, Polish, Korean, English, French, Spanish, Latin, as well as Trident masses and masses according to the Armenian rite. In addition, youth meetings, catechization courses, charity concerts of organ, church and classical music are held. At the cathedral, there is a library and a church shop, the office of the regional department "Caritas" and the charity foundation "The Art of Goodness".
Address: Malaya Gruzinskaya street, house 27/13. The nearest metro stations are Krasnopresnenskaya, Ulitsa 1905 goda and Belorusskaya-Koltsevaya.