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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  • Excellent cathedral, marvelous architecture, very impressive inside, but you cannot make any pictures inside. Entrance into cathedral is free and does not require reservations. If you want to go to...  more »
  • The cathedral is very big and you can see it from far for its golden balls on the top of the roof Also the interior architecture is unique one different from the topical European churches  more »
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  • It's a wonderful place, although this cathedral was rebuild and the frescoes are very new. The interior is amazing in the good tradition of a orthodox church, full of lovely icons and paintings. It was new to me that the sacred space was inside a chapel and not behind an altarpiece decorated with icons. We can feel the respect and devotion of people, despite the amount of tourists. We also visit the crypt. It is a fabulous and quiet place. In dim light we can breathe the Orthodox Christian spirituality. It is a beautiful place. Fortunately it is not a known place for tourists.
  • What a marvelous architecture. The church is located opposite to the Kremlin Moscow. You will need to walk 1.5 Km approx to reach there. The traffic can be really fast but you have sufficient walkways to cross over to the other side of the Kremlin. You can explore its park which is big and a good place to spend a peaceful time. You can enter the church free of cost and it looks beautiful inside. If you want to reach the rooftop of the cathedral you will need to pay 400 rubles for it. You can make payments by cash or cards to capture some stunning views of the Moscow city. Be prepared to climb the terrace using stairs. They do have provision for lifts however, it seems they don't go direct. You need to be patient. Around the cathedral, you can also book tickets for cruise boats.
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