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The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is actually a new reconstruction of the church that was destroyed by Stalin. He intended this to be the site of the Palace of Soviets, but a lack of funds left nothing but an open-air public swimming pool. The cathedral was completed as recently as the 1990's at a significant, and some would say disgraceful, cost to Russian taxpayers. Architects relied on sketchy plans of the original, and descriptions by Moscow residents who knew what it had looked like in order to reconstruct a replica. This gleaming white marble behemoth above the Moscow River has become a symbol of poor choices made by the post-Soviet era political leaders.

I debated about whether or not to post this photo, because there are many more photographs of this same cathedral on TE. However, I like the perspective, which is different from the other photos, and I also like the babushka walking down the stairs in her elaborate fur coat!

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