Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Volkhonka, Moscow, Russia

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odiseya odiseya
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The Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour Feb 12, 2017
The Cathedral of Jesus Christ the Savior (Russian: Khram Khrista Spasitelya) was built in period from 1839 till 83 in commemoration of the Patriotic War of 1812 (war against Napoleon army). It was consecrated 26th May 1883, on the day of coronation Alexander III. The temple was became the highest building in Moscow (103.5 m) and the largest church in Russia housing 10 000 praying persons at the same time.Author of project was architect Konstantin Thon. Model for design was famous Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (today Istambul), Turkey.

It was destroyed on 5th December 1931 by communist government. In its place was built swimming pools. The temple was re-built since 1990 till 2000 by the drawings and old photographs. The current structure of the temple was consecrated 19th August 2000.

The temple has become a symbol of the Russian people to return to their roots and religion.

It was build in two part. One upper is beautiful gallery with grand altar. Lower part was real church with altar where priest serve the liturgy. There is also a gift shop, and long hall of gallery. The no fee but the guard can stop you to enter if you not proper dress. Scarf for head is not necessary or dress, but no skinny close or high heels (as I saw) not allowed.

Phone: +7 495 637-29-67

The Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour
Relief on wall
odiseya says:
I agree!
Posted on: Feb 13, 2017
wabat says:
very interesting
Posted on: Feb 13, 2017
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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Nice cathedral . Apr 14, 2012
A really nice church with nice history .

It's one of the most imposing and controversial buildings in Russia, the resurrected Cathedral of Christ the Saviour has had a short but turbulent history.

It was originally commissioned after the defeat of Napoleon, but work did not begin on its construction until 1839. Designed by the great St. Petersburg architect Konstantin Ton, who was also responsible for the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Kremlin Armour .

The only bad thing is prohibited to take pictures inside the church but I don't understand the reason , you can shoot without flash and everything is fine .

Anyway I post some pictures to have a look ! From outside and some other wobble ones ...
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Mixal Mixal
23 reviews
Moscow's most impressive church... Sep 26, 2011
All of you probably heard or saw pictures of "that red, strange-looking church" in Moscow, but among hundreds of temples, churches and monasteries, this has to be to most striking of them all. With an overall height of 105 metres (344 ft), it is the tallest Orthodox church in the world.

It has an interesting history too: "Walking or driving along central Moscow streets, it is impossible to miss the enormous golden dome and remarkable structure of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that is the largest cathedral in Russia. The original Cathedral was designed and constructed by the architect Konstantin Ton in the 19th century, as a monument to Russia’s victory in the war with Napoleon.

But, as we know, Stalin had the cathedral destroyed, along with many others. His idea was to put the House of Soviets with a huge statue of Lenin in the middle. But the project was not realized as the war came. Only a huge hole was excavated and left, which later was planned to build a huge outdoor swimming pool. Ultimately, the pool was demolished in the 1990's to rebuild the original cathedral."

The atmospehre inside is really something special, you feel such respect that it's hard to describe. Don't miss it!

Some advices: There is strict control at the entrance. Women should cover shoulders and no shorts for men. They are checking bags too. Taking pictures isn't allowed either.

Don't forget to go downstairs where is more to see (quite a few stairs but there is an exit, so you don't have to go up).

Additionally, I've been told that you can climb up to the observation point, but I guess you have to take a tour which lasts an hour or so. It' pricey too. However, the entry in the church is free.
Inside the Cathedral
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View from the bridge

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