On December 5, 1931, the Soviet government, which embraced a policy of official atheism, made the decision to raze the church, and it was blown up.Wikimedia Commons
The cathedral was to have been replaced by a Palace of Soviets, a grandiose building involving a soaring tower of 420 m. (1,350 ft.), but its construction was abandoned in connection with the beginning of World War II.Wikimedia Commons
In 1958, a vast outdoor swimming pool was built on the site. In 1994, it was closed and filled in.ussr-swimming.ru
The reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior began in 1995. Within two years, the familiar 19th-century outlines had reappeared.ITAR-TASS
The designers tried to recreate the old stucco moldings, making them as close to the originals as possible. They studied old photographs of the church for this purpose.ITAR-TASS
More than 50 of Russia’s best artists, from many different cities and regions of the country, were chosen to recreate the cathedral’s 48 sculptural compositions.Wikimedia Commons/Twdragon
The sanctification of the new cathedral took place in August 2000.ITAR-TASS
A view of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Russian Foreign Ministry, and the business center Moscow City.ITAR-TASS
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