Situated on Cathedral Square (Sobornaya Square) and dating back to 1794, first funds for the biggest Orthodox Church in Odessa were raised by Empress Catherine the Great. Consecrated in 1808, it got a bell tower in 1837 (72 m). Major reconstructions took place between 1900 and 1903. In 1937, the church was ransacked and blown up. New history began 1997 – 2005, when all was new built. In 2008, it got 23 new bells.