The Cathedral of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers was erected in the beginning of the last century in Baku in the Russian style according to the project of the architect M.F. Verzhbitsky with the backing of the oil magnate and philanthropist Haji Zeinalabdin Tagiyev. At first, the temple was under the authority of 262 infantry reservist Salyan regiment. In 1920, like many other churches, the cathedral was closed and was used first as a warehouse and then as a gymnasium.
During the events of January 1990 the belfry of the temple was hit by two shells. As a result the walls cracked and the roof collapsed. In 1991 the building of the temple was handed to the Russian Orthodox Church and the temple undergone remedial work. On May 27, 2001 His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Alexy II, made the great blessing of the holy temple and granted it the status of the cathedral of the diocese.
With the support of the Azerbaijani philanthropist and entrepreneur Aydin Kurbanov, complex repair and restoration works were carried out in the cathedral: a stone carved iconostasis was built in which icons written by the famous Moscow icon painter Alexander Sokolov were placed. The temple was painted by a group of Moscow artists under the guidance of the artist Stroganov Academy VF. Strasko. The necessary church utensils were also purchased.
Upon completion of the repair and restoration works on March 24, 2003, the opening of the renovated church was held. The solemn event was attended by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, the chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, as well as diplomats and employees of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan, cultural and public figures.
In April 2003, the cathedral was visited by His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who donated to the cathedral a particle of the relics of the heavenly patron of Baku, the apostle Bartholomew.
Now the Holy Myrrhbearers Cathedral holds on to a shrine with the relics of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, who is believed to have been crucified near the Maiden Tower in what is now downtown Baku, Azerbaijan.
Source: Russian Orthodox Church