Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

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An imposing structure in the city skyline and in Russian history, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was destroyed under Stalin and then rebuilt in the 1990s. The church was commissioned after the defeat of Napolean and originally built in 1839. Architect Konstantin Ton designed the massive (and expensive) cathedral, which stood until the Soviet Union singled it out and destroyed it in 1931. Under Khrushcev, the empty foundations were filled with water to create an open-air swimming pool. Nowadays a cathedral once again dominates the site. Visit the controversial new building, constructed in the 1990s. Of note is the recreated 19th-century architecture and the ornate interior of what's reputed to be the tallest Orthodox cathedral in the world. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cathedral of Christ the Saviour by using our Moscow tour itinerary builder app.
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  • Although young due to Communist madness, this Cathedral rapidly became one of Moscow symbols. The original Church was built here in honor of defeating Napoleon, and it was being built for almost half....  more »
  • There used to be a nunnery here. It stood on this spot since the second half of XIVth century. When Russian government decided to build a cathedral commemorating the empire's victory over Napoleon...  more »
  • At one time, the temple was destroyed and in its place was a pool. Now the temple has been recreated, and it has again become one of the main temples in Moscow, it hosts magnificent services.  more »
  • It's a wonderful place, although this cathedral was rebuild and the frescoes are very new. The interior is amazing in the good tradition of a orthodox church, full of lovely icons and paintings. It was new to me that the sacred space was inside a chapel and not behind an altarpiece decorated with icons. We can feel the respect and devotion of people, despite the amount of tourists. We also visit the crypt. It is a fabulous and quiet place. In dim light we can breathe the Orthodox Christian spirituality. It is a beautiful place. Fortunately it is not a known place for tourists.
  • What a marvelous architecture. The church is located opposite to the Kremlin Moscow. You will need to walk 1.5 Km approx to reach there. The traffic can be really fast but you have sufficient walkways to cross over to the other side of the Kremlin. You can explore its park which is big and a good place to spend a peaceful time. You can enter the church free of cost and it looks beautiful inside. If you want to reach the rooftop of the cathedral you will need to pay 400 rubles for it. You can make payments by cash or cards to capture some stunning views of the Moscow city. Be prepared to climb the terrace using stairs. They do have provision for lifts however, it seems they don't go direct. You need to be patient. Around the cathedral, you can also book tickets for cruise boats.
  • Absolutely stunning!!! The entrance on Sunday morning was free :) They do ask for donations, then who doesn’t? Also, make sure you are dressed appropriately (no shorts or sleeve less shirts). There is a small park on the side, and if you walk to the back of the church there is a machine where you can get a coin or little card of the Cathedral for 25 rubles.
  • The cathedral is extremely beautiful and elegant. Totally recommended to go inside. It is very well taken care of. We could even observe the mass and get to know new perspectives of Russian orthodox church.
  • Fantastic. Breathtaking religious content and awesome views, both inside and outside. Cathedral is simply a real wonder. We'll worthy of visiting. Awesome.

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