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Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy kafedralnyi sobor (Odessa, Ukraine) | by Vladimir Yaitskiy
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Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy kafedralnyi sobor (Odessa, Ukraine)

The first and foremost church in the city of Odessa, the cathedral was founded in 1794 by Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni. Construction lagged several years behind schedule when the newly appointed governor of New Russia, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, employed the Italian architect Francesco Frappoli to complete the edifice.

The cathedral was designated the main church of New Russia in 1808 and was continuously expanded throughout the 19th century. The belltower was built between 1825 and 1837, and the refectory connecting it to the main church several years later. The interior was lined with polychrome marble, and the icon screen also was of marble.

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Taken on November 26, 2012