Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

  Ul. Volkhonka 15      (+7) 495 637 12 76     more than a year ago
This is what a new Russian Orthodox church ought to look like. It is so immense you’ll be wondering how many blocks of dynamite the Soviets needed to get rid of the thing the first time around. That was in 1931. This newly restored example came into being from 1994 until 2000 and is a shiny beacon for the Russian Orthodox Church at home and a close replica of the original 19th Century cathedral built in honour of the victory over Napoleon. The sprawling cathedral houses a museum on the history of the site where you can see pictures of the giant swimming pool the Soviets built here and the huge Lenin topped skyscraper they had originally planned for. During excursions (minimum 10 people) you can see the cathedral, museum and the view from the colonnade. As it is a working place of worship women are expected to cover their heads and everyone should dress conservatively.
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Open 10:00 - 18:00, Mon 13:00 - 18:00.

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Appleton, WI USA
Cathedral of Christ The Savior is beautiful, but 100 feet shorter (less tall) with less internal volume than the original, which the Bolsheviks blasted down in 1931. I was hoping that this new one would be the largest (both tallest and with greatest interior volume) of any other church in the world. After all, Russia is the largest country in the world, and has the most authentic Christian Faith in the world! Maybe when Russia finally gets its Tsar back, he can authorize construction of a Russian Orthodox Temple that is 500 meters tall (top of cross); has a floor area of 20,000 square meters; and encloses 10,000,000 cubic meters of internal volume. Ref: It could have three altars, and three iconostases up front, and be named after the Holy Trinity. It could have two side chapels, all open to the main Nave. One could be named after the Holy Virgin; the other could be named after the Resurrection of Our Lord Christ. It could have a connected bell tower that would house a re-construction of the Tsar's Bell, weighing 200,000 kg. Ref: St Petersburg, being named after a Saint, might make an ideal location, don't you think? And putting it in St Petersburg means that it would not “compete” with Our Savior Cathedral in Moscow…. =============================
Andrew Baldwin

This is a brilliant and a visit is a soul enhancing experience. I lived in Moscow from 1995 for a few years and fell in love with the city, and with the redevelopment of the cathedral in particular. It was this experience that led to my conversion to Ruddian Orthodoxy.
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