The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
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, 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 rut the House of Soviets with a huge statue of Lenin in the middle. Because of the WWII the project was never built. 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.
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 the heart of Moscow.
The duration of the tour – 1 hour.