Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few hundred metres southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres (338 ft), it is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Garden Ring
How to get there
  • Borovitskaya • 3 min walk
  • Aleksandrovsky Sad • 6 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
The imposing seat of the Russian Orthodox Church
Apr 2021
Although young due to Communist madness, this Cathedral rapidly became one of Moscow symbols.
The original Church was built here in honor of defeating Napoleon, and it was being built for almost half a century during the 19c.
Hardly to believe, the Stalin's communist regime demolished the Cathedral with explosive to the ground, in order to build the "Soviet Palace" - a museum complex in honor of "Socialist achievements". Due to lack of funds it was never realized, but instead a swimming complex was built during mid 20c.
The present Cathedral was started under Jeltzin in 1990 and finished in 2000.
It's an amazing architecture piece all in white marble with five golden domes, while the interior is simply breathtaking (unfortunately, no photos inside).
It is the seat of Russian Orthodox Church and currently the biggest Orthodox temple in the world (the bigger one in Bucharest, Romania is still under construction).
Written May 7, 2021
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Takarasina
572 contributions
Not many foreigners know that this place has allegedly been cursed...
Dec 2020
There used to be a nunnery here. It stood on this spot since the second half of XIVth century. When Russian government decided to build a cathedral commemorating the empire's victory over Napoleon instead of it, an old mother superior muttered indignantly - Let this place be always empty then.
Last time I visited it was just a couple of days ago, in December. So much is written about this mesmerizing colossus that I think it appropriate to just mention that names of EVERY Russian officer not only killed but also injured during that war is perpetuated inside on numerous memorial plaques. Do mind this and please remember that it is not only a church but simultaneously a memorial to the perished.
The best view of the cathedral is, to my mind, from a pedestrian bridge over the Moskva river, i.e., from behind. Great photo opportunities! Please also note that if you cross it there will be quite a few nice restaurants at your disposal on the waterfront. So just imagine the panorama therefrom...
Strongly recommended!
Written December 18, 2020
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,343 contributions
The Great Orthodox Temple
Aug 2020
At one time, the temple was destroyed and in its place was a pool. Now the temple has been recreated, and it has again become one of the main temples in Moscow, it hosts magnificent services.
Written August 17, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,157 contributions
Cathedral of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
Aug 2019
Moscow's largest church is also one of its youngest, consecrated in the year 2000 after a construction period of 5 years. It is a replica of the cathedral that once stood here, and which had been consecrated in 1883 after a construction time of 44 years. Stalin had the building dynamited to replace it with a 'Palace of the Soviets', a project that was never realised. Instead the site became a large open air swimming pool.

Next to the iconic St.Basil's Cathedral, which doesn't have an interior large enough for big celebrations, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the most important church of Russia, where the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia will lead the 'Divince Service' at Eastern. Also here the last tsar Nicholas II and his family were canonised as orthodox saints in 2000. The ecclesiastical building was also in international news, when in 2012 the feminist punk rock group 'Pussy Riot' performed a song in protest against the Patriarch's support for Vladimir Putin.

The exterior consists of a lot of white marble, many arches, five golden domes and unusual bronze sculptures of mainly angels against the wall. The interior has the usual rich decoration with frescoes. Photography inside is not allowed.
Written July 24, 2020
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CAPerth
Perth216 contributions
Private tour well worth the expense
Jun 2019
Our guide (vikitours) was able to arrange for us to take a private tour of this cathedral, normally restricted to groups of four or more. We did have to pay double but it was worth it for the extra insights into the history and the ability to get away from the crowds. The only slight issue was on finding the guide in the first place as there was restoration going on and so we had to go to a side door, but the attendant at that door sent us in another direction, before we were sent back again.
Written May 9, 2020
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Puha P
Moscow, Russia2,162 contributions
Beautiful Orthodox Church 🙏🏾!
Mar 2020 • Couples
Beautiful Orthodox Church 👍🏾! The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a Russian Orthodox church With an overall height of 103 metres it is the second tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world!

The original church, built during the 19th century, took 40 years to build, It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on the site between 1995 and 2000. Its one of the beautiful church in Moscow! No photography is allowed inside! Entrance is free to the public!
Written March 19, 2020
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Zharko
London48 contributions
Many great things to see
Feb 2020
This is really at least three attractions in one. Firstly the cathedral itself, huge, magnificent, opulent, secondly the icon exhibition (small extra charge) which gives you access to hundreds examples of the genre stretching over 500 years, as well as archive photos of the destruction of the original cathedral and rebuilding of the new one (with swimming pool filling in the gap), and thirdly the viewing galleries on the roof (extra charge) providing one of the best views over Moscow in the entire city, high enough for panorama and low enough for detail, from four sides of the building.
Written February 27, 2020
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Anne C
The Netherlands379 contributions
Unbelievably beautiful
Dec 2019
This is definitely a must-visit cathedral. It is spectacular. We spent several hours exploring and were very impressed.
Written February 19, 2020
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Igorek007
Savannah, GA1,193 contributions
Great Cathedral
Jan 2020 • Family
Excellent cathedral, marvelous architecture, very impressive inside, but you cannot make any pictures inside. Entrance into cathedral is free and does not require reservations. If you want to go to observation desk, you will need to pay (400 rubles) and walk upstairs (no elevator for visitors). Views may not be impressive, if weather is not good. You can take great pictures of Cathedral and Kremlin from pedestrian bridge near by.
Written January 4, 2020
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ilan s
London, UK172 contributions
Impressive church
Dec 2019 • Couples
The cathedral is very big and you can see it from far for its golden balls on the top of the roof
Also the interior architecture is unique one different from the topical European churches
Written December 27, 2019
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