5 interesting churches in Samara

The Cathedral of St. George in Samara

The Cathedral of St. George in Samara ©antonkudris/Flick

Samara has many tourist attractions of which we present 5 interesting churches. The Lutheran Church is dedicated to St. George and is one of the most impressive religious monuments in the city. Pokrovsky Cathedral is the largest church in the city of Samara. The Catholic Church is also known as the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or the Polish Roman Catholic Church.

The Cathedral of St. George is not an imposing church, but it is very interesting. The Synagogue of the city is known by the locals as the Samara Choral Synagogue. The building belongs to the Jews and dates back to 1908.

 

Samara Riverbank

Samara Riverbank ©michael clarke stuff/Flick

The Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church in Samara was built by the Germans who settled here in the 1760s. The exterior walls have an orange color. The church is lying on the Kuybysheva street where are often being organized concerts on Sunday afternoons.

The Cathedral of St. George in Samara

The Cathedral of St. George in Samara can be found at the corner of Ploschad Slavy. It was built in 2001 by the Russian architect Yuri Kharitinov. During the Soviet Union on the site where the church is located, was another larger church, which was demolished. The present church was built to commemorate the heroes who died in the two world wars, therefor is situated near the Heroes’ Monument on the Square of Glory.

The Cathedral of St. George in Samara

The Cathedral of St. George in Samara ©antonkudris/Flick

The Pokrovsky Cathedral

The Pokrovsky Cathedral in Samara was built in 1860 in Baroque style and it can be found near the Market Kosmolskaia. It was all golden in the inside and has numerous works of art, the floor was marbleand the tower had a solid silver dome. Until 1920 the cathedral was the pride of the country, but when famine swept over Russia, the church was sold piece by piece for the townspeople to survive. In Soviet times, this was one of the few churches that haven’t been closed, and in 1938 the church began to be restored by some merchants who lived in the city.

The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church in Samara can be found downtown. This religious monument was originally built of wood, but due to a devastating fire that swept over the city, it was destroyed, and they started the construction of another church in 1902. The church was built in Gothic style, characteristic of the early twentieth century, by architect Thomas Bogdanovich. In Soviet times the church was looted and closed and later was hosting the Samara Regional Museum.

The Catholic Church in Samara ©atermath/Flick

The Catholic Church in Samara ©atermath/Flick

The Samara Synagogue

The Samara Synagogue was built by architect Kleinerman Selman. During the Soviet rule, all Jews were expelled from the city and the synagogue was closed. In its place was opened a bread factory. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the synagogue was rehabilitated and opened to the public.

 

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