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Orthodox Russians in the city can be traced back to the 1700s. A century later, a place of worship for the flourishing community was the need of the hour. Donations coming from Russia and France helped the construction project based on the plans of two Russian architects. The Saint Alexander Nevsky cathedral was completed and sanctified in 1861 and dedicated to Russia's great eponymous Prince. The architecture illustrates the neo-Byzantine style while the exteriors showcase the Muscovite school. Listed as a historical monument, the majestic structure is donned by painted frescoes, golden bulbs and a symbolic Greek cross.