The Temple of the Holy Miracle Workers of Yaroslavl is situated just outside Kazan’s center. It is the only church in Kazan that remained open during the Soviet period- all other churches were either destroyed or repurposed for Soviet causes. All of the icons and relics of Kazan were brought to this church to be safeguarded. Sermons had to be pre-approved by the State. During this time, it was largely the Babushkas (grandmothers) that kept the spirit of the church alive. And to this day, Babushkas tend to the needs of the church.