- Peter the Great desired that all Christians, regardless of denomination, were able to worship in a church of their own faith. Hence, the Church of St. Catherine was established in 1716 and it is now not only the largest but the oldest Catholic Church in Russia. After the 1917 Revolution, many of the church's priests were shot or sent to prison. Although the main sanctuary was damaged by fire in 1984, the exterior is striking with a pale facade and large green dome.
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