Cantor Church, the Russian Church, or the Bell Tower is one of the Religious Qazvin attractions. It is not an old structure, but it is important because it’s the only Russian Orthodox church in Qazvin city. Because no Russian Orthodox follower lives in Qazvin city, the Russian church holds no ceremonies and today it is transformed into one of Qazvin’s attractions.
So, follow this article from the Iran Travel Guide Center on the Russian Church, To find out more about the smallest of Qazvin attractions.
Overlook of Russian Church in Qazvin
Accessibility: in order to get to the Russian church, you can take city buses to either Azadi Square stop or Mellat Park. The Church then will be within walking distance. There is no subway in Qazvin like the Tehran metro or even the bus rapid transit network in Iran.
Phone number: +98 910 089 6602
Summary of Russian Church at Qazvin, Iran
Qazvin’s attraction list is a long and rich one. If you are into historical buildings and structures, you won’t run out of options among them. The Russian church in Qazvin is one of the religious attractions in Qazvin. It was built by the hands of the Russian occupying forces during the Second World War.
Because this land prior to the establishment of the church was the Headquarters for Russian troops stationed in Qazvin city, this building is also called the name of Cantor (Russian for “center”) church and the Bell Tower, because of its tall bell tower.
It is the smallest church existing in Iran, and one of the three churches in Qazvin city but the other two are not open for visit.
At the entrance of the church, which faces the west, there is a small graveyard with two small graves, belonging to a Russian pilot and an engineer.
The exterior of the church is covered with red bricks and the corners of the building are column-shaped. These all have added to the beauty of the Qazvin church and transformed it into one of the must-sees of Qazvin attractions.
The building itself has a hall that houses a prayer room and an altar. On top of these all, the larger one of the two domes of the church covers the ceiling of this room. The walls and the ceilings have no decorations and are painted in blank white. there is a large Russian Orthodox cross pinned to the wall in front of the altar.
This cross has a slantwise line at the bottom. It is because the Russian church followers believe that Jesus Christ had also his legs stretched to the sides and tied down to inflict the maximum amount of pain. There are two small rooms in the building, at two ends of the church.
The interior enjoys a simple and plain design, showing that the Russian troops emphasized the utilization of the building rather than its beauty.
Today, although no ceremony or prayer sessions take place in this church anymore, but Russian Orthodox church in Qazvin is a hub for people and visitors, to gain some information about Russian Architecture, The Russian Orthodox Church, and their customs.
There’s also a gallery of local artists’ handmade jewelry available inside the building, allowing them to express their goods to travelers, as well as local visitors.