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 highest Orthodox cathedral in the world. A beauty that exposes history, architecture and art in a way that makes it unforgettable. Highly recommended visit.
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  • The largest Orthodox church in Moscow. This church was not long established. The location was built similar to the previous church that had been destroyed. The location is not far from Red Square. The roof is a golden yellow dome typical of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The inside is quite interesting. Behind this church there is a bridge over the river with a beautiful view towards the Kremlin and in the other direction.
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  • Beautiful cathedral really worth a visit. I bought a candle and made a wish, although I’m not really sure how it works. Also be careful of the beggars outside some of them can be a little aggressive. Overall it was a great experience visit the place ❤️
  • Quite a grand Cathedral as you walk towards it. Certainly dominates the skyline next to the river, but not in an imposing way. The gold domes are quite stunning. The interior is equally stunning. Take your time to slowly walk around and appreciate the beautiful paintings and architecture as there is so much history contained within this Cathedral.
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