Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, Irkutsk

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral[1] (Russian: Собор Непорочного Сердца Божией Матери)is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Joseph at Irkutsk. It is located at 11 Griboyedov St. in Irkutsk,[2] in the region of Siberia in Russia.[3] It is known for its organ concerts. In 1820 a Roman Catholic parish was founded in Irkutsk, which was then a growing city. Most parishioners were Poles, Lithuanians, or Belarusians, but membership included representatives of many of the Russian Empire's ethnic groups. A wooden church was later dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, but burned down during the Great Fire of Irkutsk in 1879. A new Gothic church was consecrated in 1886. The parish was suppressed in Soviet times, during which the priests were arrested and sent to the camps.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral
Собор Непорочного Сердца Божией Матери
Собор Непорочного Сердца Божией Матери (Иркутск) 003.jpg
Country Russia
DenominationRoman Catholic Church

After the fall of the Soviet Union the new Russian government permitted religious activities to resume. However, in 1998 the city of Irkutsk declined to return what had been church property to local Catholic religious groups, but instead gave them a plot of land on which to build a cathedral, which was consecrated on September 8, 2000.

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  1. ^ Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Irkutsk
  2. ^ "Immaculate Heart of Mary at ul. Griboedova 110,Irkutsk, Irkutsk 664074 (Filtered by: 664074) Russia". Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  3. ^ Efimova, Miroslava Igorevna (2008-01-01). Harsh Vineyard: A History of Catholic Life in the Russian Far East. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 9781425168032.

Coordinates: 52°15′46″N 104°15′26″E / 52.2628°N 104.2572°E / 52.2628; 104.2572