Kazansky Cathedral

The train station reflected in its gilt onion domes, Chita’s bright turquoise cathedral is the city’s most impressive building, though inside it’s lamentably plain. The original pre-Stalin cathedral stood on the main square, right on the spot where Lenin now fingers his lapels.

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