Walking or driving along central Moscow streets, it is impossible to miss the enormous golden dome and remarkable structure of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that is the largest cathedral in Russia. The original Cathedral was designed and constructed by the architect Konstantin Ton in the 19th century, as a monument to Russia’s victory in the war with Napoleon.
But, as we know, Stalin had the cathedral destroyed, along with many others. His idea was to put the House of Soviets with a huge statue of Lenin in the middle. But the project was not realized as the war came. Only a huge hole was excavated and left, which later was planned to build a huge outdoor swimming pool. Ultimately, the pool was demolished in the 1990's to rebuild the original cathedral.
The cathedral was opened in 2000. Now, there are tours to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It has massive bronze doors depicting the figures of saints, and the building, itself, that can accommodate up to 10,000 persons and stands at a height of about 103 meters.
Take tour time as you look round the walls and frescoes representing historical and religious events and figures. Marble flags or tiles can be seen on the first floor commemorating those who fought in the Napoleonic war. Although very new, indeed, it is one of the finest tourist attractions in the city, and a great monument to history and culture. There is an iconostasis, unique by composition, in the form of white-marmoreal octahedral chapel, topped with guilt hipped roof.
You can also have a chance-in-lifetime to climb up to the top of cathedral to the observation point. There, you can see all the beautiful views of central Moscow.
The tour takes approximately 1 hour.
Price per person in EURO
- Guide-interpreter (English, Spanish, French or German);
- Cathedral guide;
- Tour in the cathedral.
N.B. We can arrange transportation to museum if needed (extra charge).
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