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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
  • Monday 13:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Russian: Храм Христа Спасителя, Khram Khrista Spasitelya) is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few hundred meters southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres (338 ft), it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. The current church is the second to stand on this site. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets to house the country's legislature, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Construction started in 1937 but was halted in 1941 when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II. Its steel frame was disassembled the following year, and the Palace was never built. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on the site during 1995–2000. The original church was the scene of the 1882 world premiere of the 1812 Overture composed by Tchaikovsky, which became internationally famous.
  • Gregory Burnett

    2 months ago

    Incredible must-see. So much history in this space. To see where it is today is a testament to grit and determination. Visit this place. Bit of advice... Make certain you dress appropriately or they will not let you inside.

  • emulum qurkool

    a month ago

    Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on the site during 1995–2000. After a Century. In February 1990, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission from the Soviet Government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. A temporary cornerstone was laid by the end of the year. The architect Aleksey Denisov was called upon to design a replica, which was of extraordinary accuracy. A construction fund was initiated in 1992 and funds began to pour in from ordinary citizens in the autumn of 1994. In this year the pool was demolished and the cathedral reconstruction commenced. In 2000 the cathedral was the venue for the Canonization of the Romanovs when the last Tsar Nicholas II and his family were glorified as saints.

  • K Mezo

    4 months ago

    Impressive, huge building but feels somewhat cold and unfriendly, maybe the modern style and the fence around. For some reason roads were closed here, I was not able to get close to the church, let alone visit it... maybe next time. The interior may change my rating at a later time.

  • Dusica Zivkovic

    a month ago

    Wonderfull and grand,just like this country and their people.

  • Marylou Comeau

    4 months ago

    This Cathedrale is my favorite one in Moscow. Less people and the beauty of the paintings and craftmanship inside is breath taking! You must go if you are in Moscow.