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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

2,155 Reviews
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Volkhonka, 15, Moscow 119019 Russia
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Takarasina wrote a review Dec. 2020
314 contributions52 helpful votes
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 instead of it, an old mother superior muttered indignantly - Let this place be always empty then. Last time I visited it was just a couple of days ago, in December. So much is written about this mesmerizing colossus that I think it appropriate to just mention that names of EVERY Russian officer not only killed but also injured during that war is perpetuated inside on numerous memorial plaques. Do mind this and please remember that it is not only a church but simultaneously a memorial to the perished. The best view of the cathedral is, to my mind, from a pedestrian bridge over the Moskva river, i.e., from behind. Great photo opportunities! Please also note that if you cross it there will be quite a few nice restaurants at your disposal on the waterfront. So just imagine the panorama therefrom... Strongly recommended!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow wrote a review Aug. 2020
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions36 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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saronic wrote a review Jul. 2020
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Moscow's largest church is also one of its youngest, consecrated in the year 2000 after a construction period of 5 years. It is a replica of the cathedral that once stood here, and which had been consecrated in 1883 after a construction time of 44 years. Stalin had the building dynamited to replace it with a 'Palace of the Soviets', a project that was never realised. Instead the site became a large open air swimming pool. Next to the iconic St.Basil's Cathedral, which doesn't have an interior large enough for big celebrations, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the most important church of Russia, where the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia will lead the 'Divince Service' at Eastern. Also here the last tsar Nicholas II and his family were canonised as orthodox saints in 2000. The ecclesiastical building was also in international news, when in 2012 the feminist punk rock group 'Pussy Riot' performed a song in protest against the Patriarch's support for Vladimir Putin. The exterior consists of a lot of white marble, many arches, five golden domes and unusual bronze sculptures of mainly angels against the wall. The interior has the usual rich decoration with frescoes. Photography inside is not allowed.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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CAPerth wrote a review May 2020
Perth216 contributions102 helpful votes
Our guide (vikitours) was able to arrange for us to take a private tour of this cathedral, normally restricted to groups of four or more. We did have to pay double but it was worth it for the extra insights into the history and the ability to get away from the crowds. The only slight issue was on finding the guide in the first place as there was restoration going on and so we had to go to a side door, but the attendant at that door sent us in another direction, before we were sent back again.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Puha P wrote a review Mar. 2020
Moscow, Russia2,141 contributions112 helpful votes
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Beautiful Orthodox Church 👍🏾! The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox church With an overall height of 103 metres it is the second tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world! The original church, built during the 19th century, took 40 years to build, It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on the site between 1995 and 2000. Its one of the beautiful church in Moscow! No photography is allowed inside! Entrance is free to the public!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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