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Christ The Savior Cathedral, Moscow

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An imposing structure in the city skyline and in Russian history, Christ The Savior Cathedral 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. Make Christ The Savior Cathedral a centerpiece of your Moscow vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Moscow itinerary maker.
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  • A huge white stone structure with golden domes A solemn place for Christians It's basement also has a church and also an auditorium If u go to rooftop after paying for your ticket , one can see the be...  more »
  • This is what a new Russian Orthodox church ought to look like. It is so immense you’ll be wondering how many blocks of dynamite the Soviets needed to get rid of the thing the first time around. That w...  more »
  • As these pictures show, yet another stunning Church that sits proudly among other significant buildings here in Moscow.  more »
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  • Communists blew it up, but from second attempt. People say that God was defending it. Also, during the mining, there was so big rain like nobody saw before. People say that's God saying he's angry. It was rebuilt from ashes and now it's proudly standing in all it's beauty!
  • Breathtaking experience: grand architecture and beautiful altar, to the Glory of God.
  • A must see. Incredible to try to understand how that painting work was done
  • Beautiful cathedral. Its height is 103 meters. Interesting that original church was destroyed in 1931. The current cathedral was rebuilt on the site during 1995–2000.
  • Lovely cathedral both inside and outside. It still has the feel of a working everyday church despite being such a big tourist attraction.

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