Church of Christ the Savior

The Church of Christ the Savior that you see today is actually the second church to stand on the site.

The original edifice was built over more than 40 years, from 1839 to 1883, and was designed by the famous architect Konstantin Thon.

After the Russian Revolution and the state's ban on religion, the future of the church was called into question. Stalin chose the site as the site for the Palace of the Soviets, and Lazar Kaganovich had it demolished, but flooding made construction impossible. In the 1950s, Khrushchev turned it into the Moskva Pool.

From 1994 to 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church destroyed the pool and built the church that you can see today, which was designed by Zurab Tsereteli.

It is the third-tallest Russian Orthodox church in the world, featuring several chapels on the site, stunning modern bronze reliefs along its walls and space for thousands of parishioners.

Church of Christ the Savior

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