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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Moscow, Russia.

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The delicate, neo-classical beauty of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow makes its sheer size something of a shock when it is seen first-hand. It stands proudly on the banks of the Moskva River today, but it was only fully completed and consecrated in 2000 after almost two hundred years of delays and difficulties. Tsar Alexander I originally promised the building of a church in thanks to God for protecting Russia, and the original design was a soaring triumph of neo-classicalism, smothered in Freemasonic symbols. Setbacks included unstable foundations, destruction by dynamite, lack of funds and even a huge swimming pool but the original design finally rose from the ashes as the largest Orthodox church in the world.

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