Christ the Savior Cathedral
• The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
"With the support of the Foundation of Christ the Savior, I had access to such a point where no photographer has not climbed."
The history of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior unusual - a tragic and solemn. First Church of Christ the Savior was built on the banks of the Moskva River in the late 19th century to commemorate the victory of the Russian army in the war of 1812, the project architect Ton. Construction lasted nearly 44 of the year: the Temple was laid September 10, 1839, consecrated - May 26, 1883. However, after the consecration, the temple stood for a short time. December 5, 1931 it was blown up by a decree of the Soviet government to its place erect the tower of Babel - the Palace of Soviets. The temple, which we can see today was rebuilt in the 1990s.
According to the Tone, the Temple of Christ the Savior was to be a structure that combines both the architectural traditions of the Byzantine Empire, and the features of Russian architecture.
The height of the temple with a dome and a cross is 103 meters, which is 150 centimeters higher than Isaac's cathedral. Temple erected in the traditions of Russian-Byzantine style, enjoy broad public support at the time of the start of construction.
With four viewing platforms located between the bell towers of the Temple of Christ the Savior, at an altitude of 40 meters, it offers a wonderful panorama of Moscow, view of the old city center, the Kremlin, Moscow River and the "Golden Mile". By the way, here is relatively easy to get. At the sight can be reached with the tour group. I afford to shell out a few photos of the species, before going on a tour of the temple.
During a visit to the viewing platforms can be considered near the dome of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the crosses on belfry and the bells. The weight of the great bell of 30 tons.
Area Prechistenskie Gate.
The Patriarchal Bridge and Golden Island. Here the sun shines ...
And then snow. Monument to Peter I.
The Kremlin in the summer.
The structure of modern Christ the Savior complex consists of two temples and the portion that:
"The upper temple" - actually the Christ the Savior Cathedral. It has three altars - the chief of the Nativity of Christ and the two sides in the choir - in the name of Nicholas (south) and St. Alexander Nevsky (north).
"Lower church" - is the Transfiguration Church, erected in memory of this place is on the women's monastery Alexeyev.
In the portion that are placed technical and office space, the hall of Church Councils, the hall of the Supreme Church Council, a refectory. In the cloister of the Transfiguration Church is the Patriarch's museum of religious art, among the exhibits which are monuments of religious art V-XX centuries, donated by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill.
A special place in the museum occupies Vasnetsov triptych "Virgin and Child", "Almighty" and "Saints Grand Duchess Olga" (1899)
In the refectory, which are designed for a half thousand people, are the meal the participants Local and Bishops' Councils, various holiday receptions clergy.
On ordinary days there are held various exhibitions and all kinds of social events.
"lower church" has three altars: the main - in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and two small chapels - in honor of Alexis Man of God and Our Lady of Tikhvin.
The interior of the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ the Savior focuses on the old Russian tradition.
"The upper church" is much larger and more spacious. In terms of the temple looks like an equilateral cross about 80 meters wide, and can accommodate up to 10,000 people.
In recreating the mural in the church attended by more than 400 artists, and the total area of the paintings was about 22 000 square meters. m. This roughly as the area of two football fields.
All the work on recreating the artistic decoration during the restoration of Christ the Savior carried out by the Russian Academy of Arts.
View from the gallery. Survey was carried out during the Patriarch's liturgy 1st week of Lent. Special solemnity service lent by the fact that it was held on the 40th anniversary of the episcopal consecration of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.
Mark the anniversary of the dedication to the rank arrived in Moscow hundreds of priests from all over Russia.
The entire complex of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior - unique in its complexity of engineering construction. On the quality of the installed technical equipment complex corresponds to the best world standards.
In the center of the frame, I shoot a panorama.
The very view.
On the feast of the Passover has passed, dear friends!