Next to the cathedral is a monument to Fedor Ushakov – a Russian admiral who commanded the Black Sea Fleet in 1790–1792. The residents of Saransk consider him the town’s patron saint. The military commander spent only his last years in Mordovia, but his family history is closely intertwined with the history of the Mordva people. The admiral’s uncle, Ivan Ushakov, took monastic vows under the name Fedor in 1747. He oversaw the transformation of the Sanaksarsky Monastery, located 153 km (95 mi) away from Saransk (and considered to be in the neighbouring Tambov Province), into the region’s spiritual centre. Even today, the Sanaksarsky Monastery is a very important cultural and spiritual site for Mordovian residents.
- Ulitsa Sovetskaya, 53
- free of charge
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