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Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Volkhonka st., 15 | Metro: Kropotkinskaya, Moscow, Russia
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As featured in 3 days in Moscow
Ranked #64 of 1,381 attractions in Moscow
Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The cathedral, originally bult in the 19th century in commemoration of the Russian army's victory over Napoleon, was destroyed on Stalin's personal... more » Owner description: The cathedral, originally bult in the 19th century in commemoration of the Russian army's victory over Napoleon, was destroyed on Stalin's personal order. The cathedral was rebuilt in the 1990s. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The cathedral was built on the site which previously was the worlds largest swimming pool. The swimming pool was built on the foundations of what was meant to be the worlds tallest building with a statue of Lenin on top (but never constructed) and that was built on the site of the former cathedral. We visited the cathedral as the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Magnificent building. It's hard to imaging that Stalin blew it up, turned it into a pool and then it was rebuilt as it previously stood. Amazing.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We were fortunate to visit this cathedral on Sunday and got to the service. It was our first experience to see Russian orthodox service led by priests. It was really interesting and beautiful. We heard choir singing, beautiful voices which I can't forget. The smell of incense and candles, singing and locals standing around and all that made this visit... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This place is a must see when visiting Moscow because it has a magnificence and a cultural value that will make your trip worth. Close to red square and the kremlin the cathedral has an awesome architecture that highlights it from the old soviet era mega buildings. White and gold are the predominant colors and its interior has a beautiful... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We have heard about this church and wanted to visit it. It impress with its size and architecture. We also went inside and visited both churches, main one and downstairs. Both of them impressed us with beauty and style. Many icons and candles make the relaxing atmosphere. We really loved it. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Even being an atheist, there is no way not to be amazed by the beauty of the cathedral. It is huge and beautiful. Don't forget to go down to the Crypt which is even more impressive! For who has faith, light a candle made of wax.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

It was really great to see and visit this cathedral with a guide, which told us a history of this church. Interiors are more impressive than exteriors. The architecture of this cathedral is really amazing and beautiful. Recommend to visit it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Once you get away from the crowds at Red Square you can discover more of Moscow's gems, like the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Located a bit away from the more tourist-y sites, this beautiful cathedral is located right on the Moscow River and is definitely great to check out!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I stumbled across Cathedral of Christ the Savior on my recent trip to Moscow. It was not on my itinerary of places to visit but found it whilst exploring the city. The Cathedral is stunning to look at from the outside but even more of a delight once you get inside. The interior is absolutely breathtaking and the general atmosphere... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This church surprised me with how beautiful it is on the inside. The history behind the church is fascinating, and though it is lovely from the outside you need to go inside to really appreciate it entirely and quickly became one of my favorite churches in Russia. This church certainly is more strict with how to dress and you need... More

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