This cathedral is famous for the tragic fate that befell it as well as its metamorphosis: it was built through an agonizing process on money collected from common citizens, and was blown up during the grandiose construction process of Communism in the Soviet era.
Cathedral of Christ the Savior before its demolition in 1931
Cathedral of Christ the Savior - this is a metropolitan cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church that has, arguably, lived through the largest number of transformations. It was built on money given by the people in honor of the victory over Napoleon in 1812. It was built over 50 years and only stood for 60 years. In 1931, the Soviet government blew up the cathedral, a tragedy in world history. Different parts of the interior from the ruined cathedral can still be found in different corners of Moscow.
The location of the Cathedral itself, on the bank of the Moscow River, seems to be contain a mystery – nothing stay there for very long. The Monastery of St. Alexius was removed to make way for it. After that, the Cathedral itself experienced the same fate, making way for Stalin’s most significant project – the Palace of the Soviets. But that was not fated to materialize, and after a lengthy state of neglect the gigantic Moskva Pool. However, it did not live for very long – 34 years. In 1995, the Cathedral was erected again.
You can see this corner of Moscow on our themed tour and assess to what extent this new building of concrete and bronze matches the original, how well the original concept was preserved, and what the complex and very deep story told by the Cathedral means.