The Cathedral of the Saint and Righteous Warrior Feodor Ushakov is one of the most ambitious and unique religious buildings
On August 6, 2006, the cathedral was solemnly opened and consecrated by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II. (2009)
On August 10 of the same year, during an official visit to Saransk, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the main church of Mordovia, venerated the remains of saint and righteous warrior Feodor and gave the icon of Martyr St. George the Victorious, Patron Saint of Moscow, in memory of the visit.
The central cross of the cathedral rises to 62 meters, and 3,000 people can simultaneously attend it at the service. The cathedral was built in the Empire cross-domed style. Along the perimeter of the temple there are four belfries with 12 bells cast according to old technologies in the city of Tutayev, Yaroslavl Region. The largest of them weighs 6 tons, then 3 tons, 1.5 tons and smaller bells. Now the bells are ringing every Sunday and holidays, convening believers for the service.
A viewing platform is located around the main “drum” of the temple, from which you can see the panorama of the city of Saransk and the surrounding neighborhoods at a height of approximately 40 meters. A fantastic view! The iconostasis of the cathedral made of valuable woods and covered with gold leaf is divided into three aisles: the central one was consecrated in honor of St. Feodor Ushakov, the right aisle — in honor of the Saint Seraphim of Sarov and the left one — in honor of the new martyrs and confessors of Mordovia. There are choir aisles on the balconies at the three entrances to the temple. Magnificent icon cases around the columns are made by our countrymen from the Zubovo-Polyansky district. All icons painted for the iconostasis and the icon cases of the upper church, as well as the iconostasis with the icons of the Baptismal Church were made by icon painters and carvers from Saratov under the guidance of icon-painter I.G. Shemyakin.
The baptismal church of the Transfiguration with a baptistery, an assembly hall, Sunday school classes, a refectory, a prosphoron bakery, rooms for abbot and sacrists, a priest’s room, a sacristy, a library, technical and utility rooms are housed in the basement of the temple.