The Kazanskaya Icon

The Kazanskaya Icon

Size: 7 x 9" tableau
SKU: GM1016
The Kazanskaya Icon is the most revered sacred object of Russia and was discovered by a 9-year-old girl, to whom legend has it the Virgin Mary appeared in three dreams to tell her of the miracle-working icon's location after being lost for centuries. Many miracles today are still attributed to the Kazanskaya Icon.

Prince Mikhavlovich Pozharsky commissioned and financed the Kazan Cathedral to be built on Red Square in 1636 in honor of the Kazanskaya Icon being found. Although it burnt down, almost immediately a second was built at the state's expense between 1636 and 1639. Pozharsky obtained from Mikhail I of Russia the unprecedented title - Saviour of the Motherland.