On January 13, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov and State Counsellor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev got acquainted with the progress of reconstruction of the Cathedral of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God.
Minnikhanov and Shaimiev accompanied by Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Feofan visited the Cave Temple, where the ruins have been preserved and restored and historical foundations have been strengthened. Part of the wall and the remaining murals were also preserved in the temple. Here guests looked around the interior decoration, vaulted ceilings and iconostasis. The cave temple was almost reconstructed to the original appearance.
The reconstruction of the iconostasis and the place of uncovering the icon of the Mother of God is being completed.
Minnikhanov emphasized that the value of restoration work is that it was possible to reconstruct a temple on an old foundation. “To construct a building is not so difficult, the main thing is to maintain a certain continuity,” he said.
Feofan highly appreciated the efforts of the Revival Regional Foundation and Shaimiev personally on the restoration of the Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.
After the visit to the Cathedral, Minnikhanov, Shaimiev and Feofan got acquainted with the collection of icons in the Kazan Icon Museum, opened to the visitors in September 2019.