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Christ The Savior Cathedral

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Address: Volkhonka St., 15 | Metro: Kropotkinskaya, Moscow 119019, Russia
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Phone Number: 7-495-637-29-67
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The cathedral, originally bult in the 19th century in commemoration of the...

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.

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Fantastic Architecture

This has history, architecture, culture, views. You cannot ask for anything more. This is covered as a part of Hop on Hop off tour bus. Good restaurants around

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This has history, architecture, culture, views. You cannot ask for anything more. This is covered as a part of Hop on Hop off tour bus. Good restaurants around

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Brooklyn, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are going to visit Moscow you must visit Cathedral of Christ the Savior! This is one of the greatest architectural places of Moscow. Very beautiful bas-reliefs outside and ikons inside. There are several domes inside, and each of them fills with "vital power".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The history of this Cathedral is telling. It was built in the wake of the Napoleonic invasion of 1812. Stalin blew it up in the 1930s to build a Soviet skyscraper that was impossible to contruct from an engineering perspective. It was a swimming pool for awhile, and finally they just rebuilt the original structure. It's only 25 years old,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

For been a contemporary reconstruction of a centuries old cathedral destroyed by Stalin, they have done a very good job keeping the old spirit but renewing it in a contemporary style. Worth the visit as it is in walking distance from the Kremlin

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Previous Olympic swimming pool is now an impressing orthodox church again. It was my first visit of a church in Moscow and I was impressed by the gold and paintings

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cathedral has a fascinating story and is a focal point in Moscow. When you enter you feel humbled and moved by the warmth and the interior is beyond beautiful in it presentation. It is a working Cathedral and services take place daily which makes it so special. Definitely worth a visit allowing some time to reflect quietly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Around the back of the Kremlin, about 10 - 15 mins walk from Red Square, this gorgeous cathedral dominates the skyline. It was apparently rebuilt after the Soviets destroyed the original, but you really can't tell that from the looks of it. A truly marvelous restoration and a beautiful sight to behold!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the building itself is a depiction of russian history and culture - it was ruined and demolished, rebuilt and now even the exterior is covered with historical figures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was nice to visit this church and there were beauitiful illustrations . I liked it very much worth visiting.

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Khamovniki could be considered a city of its own – here it’s possible to find some of Moscow’s most important cultural institutions such as the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Novodevichy Convent and Trubetskikh Estate, great sport locations such as Luzhniki stadium and aqua complex, and long and beautiful Luzhniki embankment. Pick your preferred form of transport to explore the area – bicycle or river cruise during the summer and taxi in winter as many of the great places are situated beyond a short walk.