Construction of Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow began in 1839
and was finished in the mid 80's of the 19th century. Unlike
many other churches of the time it was build on private
donations of private citizens who wanted to commemorate the
victory over Napoleon in 1812- 1814 war. At 103 m high Cathedral of Christ the Sabior is the largest Russian Orthodox church that is able to
accept 10,000 people during its service. In order to construct
such monument Czar Nicholas I removed pre- existing Women's Alekseevky Monastery and cleared the area. According to a legend
the head of a monastery protested the decision, tried to chain
herself to the abbey's gates and promised that this place would
be empty. True or not, but the Church was blown up by the
Soviets in 1931 in their struggle to create a new human, by
destroying the old. A massive Dvorets Sovetov was intended to
build on its place. Thanks to World War II the plans were
scraped and only base for the huge building was completed. After
the war it was turned into a large open air pool. Its sad fame
came from numerous deaths, many of whom were children. Those who
did survive claimed that a tall bearded men with long hair tried
to drown them. Since this pool was intended for the Soviet
elites. words of survivors were not ignored and security guards
received an order to look for the men that fit the description.
No one was ever caught. After fall of USSR an exact copy of the
old Cathedral was constructed starting at 1994 and officially
blessed in 2000.
Intended design of Dvorets Sovetov (Palace of the Soviets) that
the Soviets wanted to build for their assembly. Huge statue of
Lenin that stood on top would contain the Main Hall in its head
and the statue itself would rotate pointing its hand at the Sun.
Crazy unrealistic project was never completed.