Russian-American historical and cultural heritage
Российско-американское историческое и культурное наследие


Собор Андрея Первозванного в Филадельфии, штат Пенсильвания, существует с 1897 г. Возведению собора способствовали русские военные моряки, прибывшие в 1899 г. на строительство кораблей. При соборе существует Музей морской славы крейсера "Варяг" и броненосца "Ретвизан", построенных на местных верфях.


St. Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral was founded in 1897. It is the oldest Orthodox Christian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cathedral started as the St. Andrew’s Brotherhood that helped immigrants economically and spiritually. The Brotherhood increased and gained strength with the arrival in Philadelphia of representatives of the Russian Imperial Fleet, in 1898. At that time, a Philadelphian shipbuilding company, Cramp & Sons, received a large contract from the Russian government to build two battleships: a first rank cruiser, “Variag,” and an armor-clad, “Retvizan.”

Russian naval officers and sailors, who arrived in Philadelphia, participated actively not only in the inspection of the ships’ construction, but also in the life of the Russian community. They naturally merged with the first parishioners of our Cathedral, made generous private financial contributions, and donated beautiful sacred Icons. The Cathedral’s Royal Gates and the Altar are still decorated with Icons donated by the “Retvizan” crew.