The Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is an architectural monument (federal) – a Lutheran church in Moscow, the cathedral church of the regional Evangelical Lutheran Church of the European part of Russia with the chair of Bishop Dietrich Brauer, as part of the Union of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in the CIS.

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul parish in Moscow is one of the oldest Lutheran parishes in Russia. The cathedral is one of two active official Lutheran churches in Moscow and the Church of the Holy Trinity at the Vvedensky cemetery.

Divine services in the cathedral are held every Sunday at 11:30 in Russian and German.

In 1817, the church community bought the Lopukhins’ estate near Maroseyka and Pokrovka Street in Kosmodamiansky Lane (since 1922 – Starosadsky Lane). On June 15, 1818, in the presence of the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm III, the church of Sts. Peter and Paul were laid. In February 1837, an organ sounded in the church for the first time, and on May 4, 1843, an organ concert by Franz Liszt took place in the church.

By the end of the 19th century, the community numbered 17 thousand people (14 thousand Germans, 2 thousand Latvians, 600 Estonians, 150 Finns and Swedes). Divine services were performed in German, Latvian, and Estonian.

Legally, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia was never closed. However, due to repression, it ceased to exist by the end of 1938. Fifty years later, in 1988, the church was reconstituted, headed by Bishop Harald Kalniņš. In 1990-1991, a new page was also opened in the life of the community of Sts. Peter and Paul.

On November 30, 2008, on the 1st Sunday of Advent, the cathedral’s consecration occurred during the solemn service. In January 2010, the spire was wholly restored; the cathedral’s height with the spire was 62 meters.

Nearest metro: Kitay-Gorod.

See also architecture of Moscowchurches and cathedrals of Moscow

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