Cathedrals Highlight of Russia

Cathedral of Christ the Savior ©panoramio

Cathedral of Christ the Savior

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is different from the Cathedral of the Assumption. Other than it is the largest cathedral in Russia, historically, it started from 1812, but in 1931 it was destructed. Reconstruction works starts from 1990 and ends only a decade later. Besides its amazing contemporary architecture, there are wonderful paintings, sculpture, bells and the gallery of military glory. It was opened on the last day of 1999 to mark the new millennium. You can see three altars, one in the central dedicated to the Birth of Our Lord. As for the other two side altars, they are on the second floor balcony. These side altars are dedicated to Saints Nicholas and Alexander Nevsky. Alexander Nevsky was the Prince of Novgorod during themost trying times in history and Saint Nicholas the historic 4th century Nikolaos of Myra who had the reputation of secret gift-giving. Today, the Rector is Patriarch Alexey.

Special Features

Originally, the cathedral stood on the hill, now the area stood the Church of the Transfiguration, the Hall of the Holy synod, the Halls of Church Councils, Dining Halls that looks similar to Halls in Kremlin, many offices, an underground garage as well as a Patriarchal suite. Amazing feature is the elevators installed in the columns of the Cathedral itself for administrative areas. Also, newest technologies and materials were used in this new Cathedral that you see today. It may looked like brick to you but, the walls were actually concrete faced with brick and exterior faced with marble. These are no ordinary marble, they are from the Cheliabinsk region which is in the northwestern side of Russia. So the facing of the surfaces makes it very unique, including the stairs and base of the walls. It is faced with natural red granite called Balmoral specially ordered from Finland.

Historical Monument

Cathedral of Christ the Savior ©russiablog

Cathedral's Interior

Hosting religious event for more than 10,000 people is never an issue being the largest cathedral of over 520,000 cubic meters and 103 meters in height. The walls itself are 3.2 meters thick! Here is a place to see 22,000 meters of frescoed walls. It also acts as a historical monument as it commemorates the Divine Intercession that lead to the Russian victory over Napoleon. So you will see events and historical figures frescoes like the War of 1812 as well as the history of Russia is in the two-story galleries. Those who played a decisive role in the Russian history including the Orthodoxy Church were also depicted.

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