Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the tallest Orthodox Church in the world: 105 m (344 ft). It was first built between 1839 and 1883 to commemorate victory over Napoleons invasion.
In 1931 the cathedral was ruined by the Stalinist regime. It took two explosions to ruin the cathedral (felt quite a few blocks away from the site) and a year and half to clear up the rubble.
The govt decided to build Palace of the Soviets (Councils Palace) that was intended to be as high as 420 m (~1300 ft). The Palace, if it had ever been built, would have been topped with a huge statue of Lenin. But then struck the Great Patriotic War.
The new building was constructed between 1994 and 1997.
During the last week of November (2011) the Cathedral hosted Cincture of the Theotokos (God's mother's belt) which had been touring Russia since 20 October. This is one of the most important relics in Christianity preserved in the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos, Greece. In Moscow pilgrims queued 5 km (3.1 miles) and more along the Moscow River waiting to see the holy relic for about 24 hours.
The relic is believed to enable conception for those who has lost all hope to ever have children of their own.
The embankment and the adjacent side-streets were blocked by the police who didn't let people in the area unless they showed some evidence of living or working there. Not too strictly but the queue was quite well-organized and separated from those who might have squeezed in. Along the queue there were a lot of buses and on-the-field kitchens providing the pilgrims with free meals, to say nothing about toilets.
* You might want to see the workshop where I posted the original shot.
* See vantage point of street-view on maps.yandex.ru (drag the arrow of the binoculars to look around or drag the panorama)
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lousat (92034) 2011-12-09 9:37
Hi Ilgiz,magnificent blue hour and fantastic capture,i like the long perspective create by the bridge,perfect brightness and details.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano.
erhan1958 (15705) 2011-12-09 11:33
HAYATIMDA GÖRDÜĞÜM EN MUHTEŞEM KATEDRAL
MÜTHİŞ ETKİLEYİCİ KABARTMALAR VAR.
YIKIM VE YAPIM HİKAYESİNİDE DİNLEMİŞTİM O BİLE YETER
IŞIK VE KONTRAS MÜKEMMEL
DarkoG (8) 2011-12-09 13:06
Nicely lit bridge and beautiful church. Well composed, and technically excellent photo. Crisp and sharp.
williewhistler (16398) 2011-12-09 14:27
The bridge is really well exposed,as is the magnificent church in the blue hour,the detail clear and nicely sharp,a lovely photograph.Bravo.
Best regards Les.
jadesgran (5423) 2011-12-09 22:33
This is a beautiful picture that you have captured here.The bridge is well placed in the frame and leads my eye right up to the church,which stands out well against the lovely blue sky.Spectacular! T.F.S.
Best Wishes Gladys
auldal (1380) 2011-12-10 12:49
Wow - what a difference from the original, excellent crop and very striking. What PP did you use?
vrabieionut (2189) 2011-12-12 10:50
What a wonderfull night picture. Light is perfectly managed. Colours are great whith these blue lights and their reflects in water.
Have a nice evening,
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-12-17 2:00
Linda esta tua foto nocturna com esta ponte iluminada ,ela leva o nosso olhar para a catedral ortodoxa , lindos os reflexos no rio , bons detalhes e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-25 12:43
a beautiful blue hour photo with spectacular composition and splendid architectural details, the POV is effective, Tfs!
- Copyright: Ilgiz Galeev (ilghiz) (708)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-11-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon Powershot Sx20 IS
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/2 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-09 9:31