Russian churches seem to beg me for a photograph. Perhaps it’s the onion domes, but I just can’t get enough photos of them.
Maybe you guessed, but The Cathedral of Christ the Savior would have to be my favorite church in Moscow. From the moment my eyes locked onto its towering figure, it was love at first sight. Of course we have plenty of churches in America, but none that look like that.
After you get passed the beauty and especially when compared to many other churches in Europe, I suppose it isn’t that special. But it does have an interesting history and not just because the infamous Pussy Riot staged a performance inside the Cathedral and its members were arrested and jailed.
The original church that stood there was blown to bits and pieces, or rubble (that’s not Ruble) under state atheism supported by the USSR. No surprise there… but in its place a Palace of the Soviets was to be built as ordered by Mr. Stalin.
Due to a variety of issues, Stalin’s tribute to Lenin and the Soviets never came to fruition. However, the foundation hole flooded by the Moscow River was later transformed into the world’s largest open air swimming pool named Moskva Pool. It was even heated to extend the pool season into cooler weather! …what an interesting use for the site of a demolished church!
As you well know, the church was eventually reconstructed and again reflected its beauty onto the world.
Take a break from your Monday madness and enjoy the following photo of the Cathedral… and of a few other Moscow churches.
Here we have the Church of the Resurrection at Sokolniki.
I know, I know… this isn’t a church–but it still counts. It’s from inside the Novospassky Monastery.
This is the Church of the Ascension at Kolomonskoye. No onion domes, but… whatever.
And lastly, Donskoy Monastery.
I hope the rest of your Monday goes well. Remember, we’d love to see your own photos of Moscow! Simply tag them with #MOSKVAER on Instagram and they will automatically appear on our site.
P.S. Monday is the perfect day to correct last week’s mistakes.