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Kazanskaya Square


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AZANSKAYA SQUARE, located at the intersection of Nevsky Prospect and Griboedova Canal. Known as Plekhanova Square from 1923 to 1944. The square appeared in the early 19th century, over the course of the building of the Kazan Cathedral (hence the name of the square). The Kazansky Bridge is part of the square limits. Before the cathedral, the site accommodated the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God (1733-37, architect M.G. Zemtsov). The buildings on the square do not have their own numeration, and follow in numerical order along Nevsky Prospect. Kazanskaya Square includes house No. 26 (1873-75, architect V.A. Kenel), house No. 28 (house of Books), house No. 30 (1756-61, rebuilt in 1829 and 1895-96), house No. 25, formerly a dwelling home for Kazan Cathedral priests (1813-17, architect V.P. Stasov), and house No. 27 (late 18th century, rebuilt in 1881, architect S.I. Shestakov; architect A.N. Voronikhin lived there in the early 19th century). In 1837, monuments to M.I. Kutuzov and M.B. Barclay de Tolli were erected on Kazanskaya Square. The square is embellished with an iron-cast fence running from a section of Kazanskaya Street (1803-12, architect Voronikhin). In 1876, the first political demonstration in Russia was held at the square (see Kazanskaya Square demonstrations). During the siege of 1941-44, vegetable gardens were laid out there. Starting from the late 1980s, Kazanskaya Square became a regular meeting place and other public activities.

References: Канн П. Я. Казанская площадь. Л., 1988.

O. A. Chekanova.

Persons
Barclay de Tolly Mikhail Bogdanovich, Prince (Mikhael Andreas)
Kenel Vasily Alexandrovich
Kutuzov (Golenishchev-Kutuzov) Mikhail Illarionovich, Gracious Prince
Shestakov Sergey Osipovich (Iosifovich)
Stasov Vasily Petrovich
Voronikhin Andrey Nikiforovich
Zemtsov Mikhail Grigorievich

Addresses
Griboedova Canal Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city
Kazanskaya Square/Saint Petersburg, city
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 25
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 26
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 27
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 30
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 28

Bibliographies
Канн П. Я.. Казанская площадь. Л., 1988

The subject Index
Kazan Cathedral
The House of Books, the Book Shop
Kazansky Demonstrations
Siege of 1941-44