"Khram Khrista Spasitelia" Moscow Things to Do Tip by el_ruso

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Khram Khrista Spasitelia (Christ the Savior Cathedral) was originally completed in 1883 on a site of a medieval St Alexis monastery and was designed as a tribute to the victory over Napoleon and his allies. Subsequently it served as the main cathedral of Moscow. It is neither particularly original or elegant, but it is very large.

In the 1930s the cathedral was torn down under orders from Stalin. He wanted to replace it with a giant skyscraper Palace of Soviets, topped with a giant statue of Lenin. The planned height, 315m, would have made it taller than the Empire State building. However, due to lack of funds, technological difficulties and the hardships brought by WW II, the building has never been completed. Instead, in 1959 a giant swimming pool was built there.

After the fall of Communism, the cathedral was completely restored for the cost of $360 million. The work was completed in 2000.

Directions: metro Kropotkinskaya

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  • Written Jul 15, 2007
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