Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the main church of Russia, one of the 5
biggest and most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. It was built as a thanksgiving to God for
saving Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812, and in commemoration of the
Russian army’s victory over Napoleon.
Reconstruction of the Cathedral
that time onwards the Cathedral had remained a symbol of Moscow till
it was demolished in 1931 by the personal Stalin’s order so that
“the most important building in the country” – the Palace of
Soviets, could be put up there. But
the Palace, a gigantic tower crowned with a colossal statue to Lenin,
that would be the tallest building in Russia and the world, was never
constructed as after the Great Patriotic War the time for monumental
monstrosities sank into oblivion. A swimming pool was constructed in
1958 on the site of the Cathedral.
View of the
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour as seen from the Moskva river