Religions in Moscow
The history of the Moscow Muslim community goes back to the times of the Golden Horde, which recognized Islam as the official state religion in 1312. The Moscow principality knew many years of Mongol occupation, and this could not have failed to influence Russian culture.
Catholicism is one of Russia’s traditional religions, and the presence of the Catholic Church in Moscow goes back to many centuries. This religion has known periods of outright rejection and of goodwill.
When visiting an active church or monastery, you should bear in mind that it is not only an architectural and historical landmark. In the first place, it is where religious services are held and where believers and people in need of support come to pray.