The Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan.

In A.D. 1579 the Russians at long last captured the last Tartar holdout
on the soil of Holy Russia.
The victory was attributed to the miraculous intervention
of the icon shown above, thereafter the holiest object in all Russia
(In fact, in Russian Orthodoxy this icon has two feast days, July 8 and October 22).
In the early 1700s Tsar Peter I (the Great) brought the icon
from Moscow
to his new city of St, Petersburg,
where, in 1800, his successor
Tsar Paul I began building for it on the Nevsky Prospekt
the monumental Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan,
which is a replica, almost a duplicate, of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome,
because he had hopes of effecting a reunion of
Russian Orthodoxy with Roman Catholicism.

In 1904 the icon was stolen by parties unknown from the icon screen of the Cathedral.
A legend says that it reappeared in Moscow
in Tsar Nicholas II's room
the night before he abdicated,
but then disappeared again.
Reportedly, the Communists sold it in the 1920s
to some Western Europeans for gold bullion
after which it was lost for at least 50 years.
In the 1970s, however, either it or a very impressive forgery of it
was reportedly found in storeage at the British Museum in London
and purchased by the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima,
who kept it in Fatima, Portugal,
before entrusting it to the Vatican,
which aheld it for over a decade
before returning it to Holy Russia.



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