Alexander Nevsky Chapel

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Next to the cathedral and monument is the Alexander Nevsky Chapel, built in 2000 in memory of Mordovia residents who have died as a result of wars, natural disasters and cataclysms. The red-brick chapel has an octagonal dome design and was consecrated by Patriarch Alexy II who was visiting Mordovia at the time.

A hundred metres away is a monument to Patriarch Nikon, erected in 2002. Nikon (1605–1681) was a venerated reformer of the Russian Orthodox Church and the founder of the Iversky Monastery in Valdai and Novoierusalimsky/New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra. The monument stands next to the modern symbol of Saransk - a rotunda where local residents come to take photographs.