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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  • Although young due to Communist madness, this Cathedral rapidly became one of Moscow symbols. The original Church was built here in honor of defeating Napoleon, and it was being built for almost half....  more
    Although young due to Communist madness, this Cathedral rapidly became one of Moscow symbols. The original Church was built here in honor of defeating Napoleon, and it was being built for almost half....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Great visit of this wonderful monument, with a breathtaking view from the roof. Approximately twenty minutes from Red Square.
  • It's beautiful outside, but also get inside to see it. It is also beautiful.

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