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The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour ( Хра́м Христа́ Спаси́теля ) is the tallest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world. It is situated in Moscow, on the bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks west of the Kremlin.

When the last of Napoleon's soldiers left Moscow, Tsar Alexander I signed a manifesto, December 25, 1812, declaring his intention to build a Cathedral in honor of Christ the Saviour "to signify Our gratitude to Divine Providence for saving Russia from the doom that overshadowed Her" and as a memorial to the sacrifices of the Russian people.

It took some time for actual work on the projected cathedral to get started. The first finished architectural project by architect Alexander Vitberg was endorsed by Alexander I in 1817. It was a flamboyant Neoclassical design full of Freemasonic symbolism. Construction work was begun on the Sparrow Hills, the highest point in Moscow, but the site proved insecure.

In the meantime Alexander I was succeeded by his brother Nicholas. Profoundly Orthodox and patriotic, the new Tsar disliked the Neoclassicism and Freemasonry of the project selected by his brother. He commissioned his favourite architect Konstantin Thon to create a new design, taking as his model Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Thon's Neo-Byzantine design was approved in 1832, and a new site, closer to the Moscow Kremlin, was chosen by the Tsar in 1837. A convent and church on the site had to be relocated, so that the cornerstone was not laid until 1839.

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icediamond7 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!! it doesnt look real! way too beautiful
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Srry4beatinu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
This is too beautiful to look at without harming one's vision. The architecture looks amazing! And great pic, I love the contrast in the gold and in the dark sky!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx for the nice comment :love:
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arsidoas Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. :)
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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sp333d1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
niiiceee
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanxxxxx :D
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0136 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Отличный снимок и обработка! nice, nice, very nice!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
спасибо :hug:
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xxXtinaxx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Adorable :heart:
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx :hug:
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xxXtinaxx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
You're welcome ;] :hug:
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featured in my journal [link] :clap:
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Amazing shot (:
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Asimakis Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Respect!!! :D
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alfredovallejo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Amazing!!!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And your avatar is also amazing!!! I :love: Edward!! :D
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alfredovallejo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
hehehe! you´re welcome!... ;)
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InuuL Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
VERY VERY GREAT PHOTO :headbang:
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :hug:
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InuuL Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
your welcome sist :w00t:
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acww-freak08 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Just... wow. :faint:
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Chopen Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Amazing work Isik! Very well tonemapped :clap:
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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Chopen Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Not at all ^^;
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haq Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
I must say : crazy shit :D
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm flattered thank you very much :tighthug:
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featured in my journal:santa:[link]
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm flattered thank you very much :hug:
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HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Welcome:heart:santa:
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missmercer007 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing i love it :)
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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indesignesia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
stunning as always....:woohoo:
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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Marcauest Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
I´m falling in love for your work! Excellent pic.
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :hug:
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fae-fantasia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009   Digital Artist
wow,this shot is just too amazing for words.i really love the vibrant colours and the whole church view <3
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :hug:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful work
good hdr
great tones
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :hug:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
;P
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CharlieRadosna Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
отлично сделано!
good done!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
спасибо :D
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Noncsi28 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
It's great!!
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DMEdwards Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Fantastic work!
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ISIK5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx :hug:
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DominoNoel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Thank you so much for the history, it really adds to the beauty that this church has.
Stunning!
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