The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was built by the order of Emperor Alexander I as a symbol of gratitude to God for saving Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812 and in commemoration of the Russian army’s victory over Napoleon. The foundation of the Cathedral took place in September, 1839 and it took more than 44 years to complete it with the help of voluntary public donations. During the Communist era in 1931 the Cathedral was pulled down and replaced by an open swimming pool. In the early 1990s, a public fund was established to raise money for the costly project of the rebuilding of the cathedral. The Cathedral is a statement of the re-found power and prestige of the Orthodox Church and one of Moscow's most impressive ecclesiastical buildings.
Inside the Cathedral you will admire the beauty of the decoration and will get some information about the outstanding artists and sculptors who decorated the Cathedral in the XIX century and who participated in its reconstruction.
The Cathedral History Museum exhibits will tell you the history of the Cathedral, of its demolition and reconstruction as the main Orthodox Church of Russia.
Synod Hall. Here you will learn about the divine and profane actions and events. You will see the exceptional inlay and frescos, and even the star sky in Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth.
View point – 40 metres above the level. You will enjoy the splendid panoramic view of Moscow.
Daily 08:00 – 20:00.