Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Icon Stolen From Kazan Cathedral

A famous icon in a jewel-encrusted frame was stolen from a cathedral in the central Russian city of Kazan, a news report said Monday.

Priests at the St. Nicholas Cathedral discovered the theft Monday.

However, they believe the icon and frame, valued together at $500,000, were stolen at some point last week, Itar-Tass reported.

Church warden Nikolai Vasilyev was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying that he believed the

icon was stolen with the help

of a church employee because

the holy image was kept in a separate sanctuary where only members of the clergy are allowed.

The icon of the Kazan Mother of God was created in the 19th century.

Its frame was crafted at the same time by Peter Faberge, the acclaimed jeweler to the Russian imperial family.

The work was a replica of an icon that Ivan the Terrible brought to Moscow after his troops seized the Tatar stronghold of Kazan in the 16th century.

Ivan the Terrible built the landmark, onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square, just outside the walls of the Moscow Kremlin to commemorate the Russian victory at Kazan.