Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
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1:00 PM - 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
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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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Neighborhood: Garden Ring
How to get there
  • Borovitskaya • 3 min walk
  • Aleksandrovsky Sad • 6 min walk
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Igorek007
Savannah, GA1,221 contributions
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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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland22,915 contributions
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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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia8,810 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
You can take the elevator to the observation deck of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior for 400 rubles.
Unfortunately, the elevator does not reach the observation deck itself, you need to climb the stairs, which is not possible for people with disabilities.
From above, a beautiful view of Moscow opens from a height of forty meters.
The view of the Moscow Kremlin is especially impressive. Definitely worth a visit!
Written June 19, 2022
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CAPerth
Perth227 contributions
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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Takarasina
935 contributions
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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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia39,543 contributions
Aug 2015
This is a truly grand building. It is a huge structure, architecturally beautiful as well as complex. Its construction began in 1839 and was eventually completed in 1883! It was apparently a very expensive project but people thought it was worth it, as it symbolised the Russian defeat over Napoleon. Unfortunately the communist regime of Stalin decided to blow up the cathedral, in 1931 and in its place they proposed to build a huge monument to Communism, a kind of Palace, which thankfully did not eventuate thanks to the outbreak of World War II. The post-War Soviet regime thought it best to abandon the project altogether and in its place they built a swimming pool, the largest in the world, apparently! Eventually after the fall of Communism, Moscovites decided to reconstruct the cathedral, and it was built at a cost of close to $400 million. It was obviously worth it and today we can all see the magnificent results. Underneath the main cathedral there is actually another chapel! The Cathedral itself is absolutely magnificent inside and out and is the pride of the city. This is something not to be missed.
Written July 9, 2016
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Igiss
Moscow, Russia13 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
In 2012, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was the site of the Pussy Riot performance "Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away". The performance gained worldwide attention after three of the girls who participated, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were arrested and accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Two of them, Nadezhda and Maria, are now serving time in jail.

Apart from the beautiful performance that you can easily find on YouTube, the cathedral is used as a main place of religious ceremonies held by Russian Orthodox Church. You probably won't be able to visit any of them though, since the church would be filled with bodyguards of the Patriarch and top government officials.

The building is supposed to be a duplicate of a mid-XIX century building which was demolished in 1931. New one was completed in 2000 using new materials and art. Much of the decor, both from inside and outside, is quite far from Orthodox traditions and raised a good deal of controversy. A beautiful place from far off, it loses much of its charm when seen nearby, being quite an obvious and inaccurate modern imitation.
Written June 2, 2013
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MatejSimko
Zvolen, Slovakia92 contributions
Jul 2016
This cathedral is only few minutes from Red Square and you can enjoy the view on it from the other side of the bridge.
Written April 11, 2017
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longsong
Moscow, Russia19 contributions
Dec 2011 • Solo
If you're interested in genuine history and good architecture, then you'll just ignore it. The humongous thing is a joke of a church with an underground parking for VIP guests and a concert/congress hall that you can rent. The thing is surrounded with kiosks where they sell matryoshkas and other touristy stuff despite the fact that church, officially, has no right to sell anything for fixed prices (because they are a non-commercial organization that doesn't pay taxes). They're supposed to sell candles, crosses, icons and other religious paraphernalia, in exchange for *donations*. This particular church makes money off tourists quite shamelessly.

It has nothing to do with the cathedral that was destroyed during the Revolution and, quite frankly, had little to do with Orthodox religion as it was originally meant. It has a lot to do with the modern-day Russia with its current state of religion and culture. I suppose, it's interesting from the point of view of cultural anthropology, though.
Written November 12, 2012
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Attic
Jiashan County, China32 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
This church is mostly a symbol of Russia's tragic flaws - inflated self-projection, corruption, and bad taste. Its hard to imagine an architect who's profited more from so little talent as has Tsereteli. His works pollute Moscow worse than Zhigulis. If you've ever longed for more war depictions in your religious architecture this is place to come, proving that what God lacks in humility he more than makes up for in persecuting those with vision and sensibility.
Written November 4, 2014
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