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“new replica of the original.”

Christ The Savior Cathedral
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An Historical Tour Through Moscow
Ranked #51 of 2,528 things to do in Moscow
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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 order. The cathedral was rebuilt in the 1990s.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

A replica, well done but a replica, nothing more. The iconography and decor are obviously new, so have none of the charm and dignity the original probably had.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

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.

7  Thank Igiss
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Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

I rated this high, because before entering take advantage of the view points on the pedestrian bridge right across from the cathedral.
Wonderful views of Moscow and the church.
The cathedral has been rebuild after Stalin blew it up.
Amazing what has been achieved.
Has Avery new feeling inside,
As mentioned no photos will be allowed.
You camera might have to be checked at security if it doesn't have a cover.
I kept my SLR Digital in my hand bag, and was able to keep it with me.
Bathrooms and gift shop in the lower church area.
Beautiful Icons can be purchased.

Thank Riorouge
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Yeah, it is newly built which for me is a marvel in itself regarding turbulent history of the church and what used to be here. It is really impressive and large, yet beautifully decorated. Everything is clean and pretty. If you're a female visitor, make sure to have skirt of at least knee length, they sometimes do not let tourists in because of this, only to rent you an apron of sorts, for a charge of course. Buy a small wax candle to fully enjoy the experience. The museum downstairs contains some pictures on reconstruction of the cathedral, but is nothing to write home about.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Wow. Really one of the most stunning places in the world to see. Should be seen at night and also at day! Worth two trips. You do not need to stay long, you just have to experience the moment! There is a very nice viewing deck on top of the cathedral. It gives you a prisitine view of Moscow and especially the Kremlin and its towers!

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