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Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Moscow)

Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Moscow)

 

 

Ulitsa Volkhonka 15

Subway: Kropotkinskaya

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Dvorets SovetovConstruction 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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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