#Throwback to that time @annemarie2828 and I went to #Moscow#Russia to visit friends and take in the #FIFAWorldCup While there we took in the sites, including the #Cathedral of #ChristTheSaviour along the #MoscowRiver which is recognizable by it’s gold plated domes and by the fact that it is the tallest #Orthodox#church in the world. But this building is not the #original, it’s a #replica. The original was reduced to rubble by dynamite on December 5th, 1931, by order of Stalin. After the 1917 Russian Revolution, the USSR's official state atheism resulted in the 1921-1928 anti-religious campaign, during which many "church institution[s] at [the] local, diocesan or national level were systematically destroyed." The cathedral lasted until 1931 until it’s gold domes were seen as too luxurious and could be better used in the state coffers.
A construction fund was initiated in 1992 and funds began to pour in from citizens in the autumn of 1994, and about one million Muscovites donated money for the project. The completed Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was consecrated on the Transfiguration Day, 19 August 2000.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral situated on the Red Square in Moscow is definitely the architectural highlight of the city for me. Someone said today that it looks like something from Alice in Wonderland. The construction was completed in 1561. From a South Africa contextual perspective, it is almost incomprehensible and makes me realise how young our country and democracy really is.
Прогулка по ночной Москве - праздник души. Весь город переливается красками и огнями, словно драгоценный камень. Ты идешь и упиваешься этой красотой, слушаешь шум ночных улиц, и сама становишься частью этого волшебного мира, в котором мрак встречается со светом.