The Catholic Cathedral of Virgin Mary on Malaya Gruzinskaya Street

The current Catholic Cathedral on Malaya Gruzinskaya is a work of Gothic architecture. Some people call this place an island of Europe in the center of Moscow. The Art of Good Charitable Foundation regularly holds concerts of organ, camera and symphonic music.


he current Catholic Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Moscow on Malaya Gruzinskaya Street was built in neo-Gothic style. In Russia, this is the most impressive Catholic cathedral, in which services are held in different languages. It was built from 1901 to 1911, the interior decoration was completed in 1917. By permission of the governor, construction was carried out far from the center of Moscow and large Orthodox churches, without towers and sculptural sculptures. The cathedral was designed by F. O. Bogdanovich-Dvorzhetsky. During the years of Soviet rule, there was a dormitory in the church, then the Research Institute “Mospetspromproekt”. In 1989, the struggle began to return the church to the Catholic Church. Since 1991, services began to be held in it, and since 1996, the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary was still transferred to the Catholic Church. Until December 1999, it was restored, and finally Moscow received this miracle. In September 2011, the Temple turned 100 years old. The church is of incredible beauty, similar to some Italian cathedrals. It houses the largest organ in Russia, and you can listen to a charity concert of organ music. Mass is served in the cathedral in many languages: Russian, Vietnamese, Polish and others. Masses are held according to the Armenian tradition and other celebrations. At the cathedral there is a church shop, a library, as well as the editorial office of the Catholic Herald of the Gospel magazine journal, the Art of Good charity foundation. In the cathedral on Malaya Gruzinskaya, you can hear the wind organ of the Swiss company Kuhn (Kun). World famous organists give concerts here. They perform the compositions of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and other classics. Often in the cathedral organ arrangements of rock compositions and music from the cinema sound. Philharmonic, modern, experimental music, concerts for children and parents - the organ's possibilities are almost endless, it surprises with a wealth of colors and moods.