The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
What is hidden underneath?
The magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour can be seen from most of Moscow. The tallest Orthodox Christian Church in the world is built very near to the Kremlin on the bank of the Moskva river.
The first Cathedral was built on the present site in 1883 replacing the medieval Alekseevskiy Convent, which was destroyed in order to give way for a new construction. Less than 50 years later the glorious Cathedral, which was enourmous in size and extremely expensive in decoration, suffered a similar fate. It was demolished by the Soviets. Only 70 years later, in 2000 a new glorious cathedral opened it’s doors again! The new Cathedral is built according to the original designs made by the architect Ton but with a more modern look.
When visiting you will be greeted by a huge Cathedral that includes a grand Upper church and a Lower more domestic church that is less extravagant but extremely beautiful. The real pleasure is to see them both. The panoramic view from the 40-meter-high observation platform is breathtaking, as well as the view from the bridge of the Cathedral.
More discoveries are still ahead of us! The first one is the Centre of Arts which you can find while walking in the garden of the Cathedral. It feels as though it is hidden underneath and you really need to look for it.
There you will find more than 300 works of art from private collections. It gives you an opportunity to view the paintings which haven’t been displayed to the public before. “The Art Treasures of Russia” exhibits the splendid paintings of Viktor Vasnetsov, Isaak Levitan, Ivan Aivazovskiy, Konstantin Makovskiy and others.
The special lighting system is done in such a way that you feel like getting into the picture. They look so real!
So many paintings to see! Which ones will you remember later?
When it comes to evaluating art I can’t be impersonal, but my heart belongs to Bakst, so this one I will take with me!