This vast cathedral, Christ the Saviour (Khram Khrista Spasitela), whose golden domes sit atop a pale majestic hulk of marble ... More
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
This vast cathedral, Christ the Saviour (Khram Khrista Spasitela), whose golden domes sit atop a pale majestic hulk of marble and granite, was built for a princely sum of 150 million U.S. dollars. The original was erected in commemoration of Russia's defeat over Napoleon, yet was demolished following Lenin's death in 1931 to make room for the Palace of Soviets. Due to World War 2 and constant flooding, the Palace of Soviets never materialized and its foundation was transformed into the world's largest swimming pool by Premier Kruschev. After nearly a decade of fund raising and controversial changes, the current reconstruction was opened in 2000, just in time for Moscow's 850th anniversary. Today the cathedral serves as a fitting symbol both of a reborn Russia and the grandeur of modern Moscow. Admission is free.
The time I spent in this Cathedral today with one of my friends from Moscow would be something I would do again, tomorrow. I live in the USA and my friend here had never been. He too enjoyed this a lot. The beauty and the story behind this reconstruction are equally amazing. A MUST SEE in Moscow.
i don't know why some ofhter users don't like this cathedral, but i guess they obviously don't assimilate the true feeling of being in an extraoridnary place like this.
The sad part about this is that the origonal cathedral was built in the mid-19th century but then was torn down and dynamited in 1931 by the Soviets. It's a huge loss of history, but luckily it has been rebuilt and it's still eye-catching.
This imposing Moscow edifice has the honor of being perhaps the most visibile landmark on the Moscow landscape. The exterior is stunning and enormous. The interior, while interesting, may not be worth your time if you are on a tight budget. There are Orthodox Icons, some mosaic work, but nothing extraordinary.
Rumor has it that the Xram was built on the location of a former swimming pool. The swimming pool was closed because its vapors were damaging paintings at the nearby Pushkin gallery. The Xram was built at tremendous public expenditure.
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