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Assumption Cathedral and Monastery

Sviyazhsk, a rural island at the junction of the Volga, the Sviyaga and the Shchuka Rivers has played a role in the artistic, military, architectural, and religious history of Russia, much of it centered at the Assumption Cathedral and Monastery.

The building, recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, was built for the first tzar of all Russia, Ivan IV aka Ivan the Terrible, who founded the town as a military outpost in 1551. He used the island to plan his conquest of Kazan Khanate, quickly building a fortress to serve as his base.

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