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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  • This cathedral was rebuilt back in 1990; it’s bigger and more “sober” than St Basil, a good example of Orthodox-Byzantine architecture. The golden dome is eye-striking. 
    This cathedral was rebuilt back in 1990; it’s bigger and more “sober” than St Basil, a good example of Orthodox-Byzantine architecture. The golden dome is eye-striking.  more »
  • You can take the elevator to the observation deck of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior for 400 rubles. Unfortunately, the elevator does not reach the observation deck itself, you need to climb the.....  more
    You can take the elevator to the observation deck of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior for 400 rubles. Unfortunately, the elevator does not reach the observation deck itself, you need to climb the.....  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • This church has an amazing view point in the heart of Moscow. You will be able to get up by elevator and go down by stairs. This place is not recommended if you are in a wheelchair. Even though they bring you up with an elevator there are more steps to climb.
  • The beautiful Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is in central Moscow close to the Moskva river it has an excellent viewing platform accessible by elevator which gives you excellent views of the Moscow skyline from the Cathedral roof terrace. The interior of the Cathedral is outstanding with awe-inspiring architecture. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐👍
  • Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow Visited on 5/10/2019 The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, on the northern bank of the Moskva River. It is a few hundred metres southwest of the Kremlin. It is the highest representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, and is the seat of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russians. The original church, took more than 40 years to build. It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Joseph Stalin, leader of Soviet Russia of that time. The present church was rebuilt on the site between 1995 and 2000. The building can be described as having a stone facade and white marble, with four columns, as well as its five golden domes. Visitors are not allowed supposedly to take photos inside the cathedral. The giant dome of the cathedral was gilded. Jehovah Sabaoth disguised as a starets is displayed in the middle of the dome, who is holding the Charter. Dress code must be observed if one decides to enter the cathedral. Women should cover the head and shoulders and avoid provocative clothes; men should wear full-length trousers.
  • Beautiful inside and outside, also has a beautiful view from the top. It is free to enter and look aroud, but it is forbidden to take pictures! At the top there are 4 terraces where you can see the whole city ( for this you would have to buy tickets but they are cheap). To enter an Orthodox church there is a dress code so be respectful ( no shorts, no opet shoulder shirts, women tend to cover ther heads...)
  • Nice cathedral, with a beautiful adjacent Patriarshy bridge. My daughter kept asking me why they built it, then blew it up and built it again ) Wish they kept the old one, new is nice but without age there seems to be less weight if you will. Still very impressive in size and art work in and out.

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