Cook Islands – 2009 – 5 Dollars – Russian Icons Virgin of Kazan (PROOF)


In stock (can be backordered)


25 grams, 30x38mm, 2500 pieces (only a few outside Russia!)

Our Lady of Kazan, also called Theotokos of Kazan (Russian: Казанская Богоматерь), is a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patron of the city of Kazan. The image is also venerated in the Catholic Church. It has been considered a palladium of Russia for centuries. Two major Kazan Cathedrals, in Moscow and in St Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4, (which is also the Day of National Unity).

The original icon has been stolen and never recovered. Ancient and venerated copies have been displayed at the Kazan Cathedral of Moscow, at Yaroslavl, and at St. Petersburg.