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Cathedral Of Christ The Redeemer

By paulcr
This is the Cathedral of christ the redeemer. A short walk from the Kremlin. It was built to commemorate the deliverance of Moscow from Naoplean in 1839, completed in 1883. It was blown up by Stalin in 1931 to make way for an outdoor swimming pool. It was rebuilt betewen 1994-7 at a cost of $200 million at a time when most Moscovites were suffering extreme hardship.
I went inside this church and was amazed by the ornateness and size of it. There are no seats in Russian Orthodox churches and this one can hold 10,000 worshipers. Well worth a visit if your there. Its beautiful.


Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: vickyal, norloch, dmhuynh72 and 25 more

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vickyal 12 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 11:39AM
2 great shots, well done.

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BarryC123 11 43 25 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 11:43AM
A very imposing and impressive Church.
Very nicely-taken image, with nice detail - the sunshine certainly helped, bringing out the domes well.
I've always imagined Moscow as a dul and dreary place, but your images of the last few days certainly deny that.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 11:46AM
Thanks guys. On the contrary Barry. Its a very modern, alive city. Still imposing in certain ways but very different..
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 12:02PM
nice colours
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
27 Apr 2009 12:04PM
Not the way it reads in some books, this show a bright and beautiful city-- Love how yo used the sunlight on the domes

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 12:07PM
Thanks guys. Jenn, a polariser really helped sort out the reflections on the domes and brought out their beautiful colour. I've put up a 3rd version with the inscription on the statue, so if anyone can translate it... Smile
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 12:15PM
Actually forget V3, V4 is the correct inscription.. ooops
Richsr 13 91 223 England
27 Apr 2009 12:39PM
Like your comp in version 2 Paul - good colours and details too.
Well captured.
Regards Richard.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 12:54PM
Thanks Richard. PAul
Bodiewil 12 46 Wales
27 Apr 2009 1:03PM
Wonderful series again Paul
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 1:15PM
Thanks again Dave. Paul
ensign 13 223 1 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2009 6:37PM
Great shot, love the colours.
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
27 Apr 2009 8:14PM
Cheers Bernard, appreciate it. Paul
EamonnM 11 1 1 Ireland
28 Apr 2009 7:55AM
Super images Paul, V1 is my fav., really like the contrast of colours, the white building lovely blue skies and gold domes all make for an excellent image.
User_Removed 16 16 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 9:47AM
that s a great set of images showing the variety of shots from one place. I like the power f shot 2 especially

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
28 Apr 2009 10:21AM
Cheers Eamo, thanks Di, apprecte it. Paul
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
28 Apr 2009 11:24PM
A great series V2 my fav. - gary
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2143 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 11:48PM
The domes are magnificent, but so is the rest of the building, and you have captured the texture of the materials used. I really like your composition in V2, it has a slightly ominous feel with that dark figure in front of the cathedral.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2143 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 11:56PM
I thought it might be marble, so googled for it. Sure enough, it's "clad in marble and granite, with huge bronze doors carved in relief depictions of the saints".
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
29 Apr 2009 9:24AM
Cheers Gary. Well done Pamela. In some parts of Moscow this building dominates the skyline. Its really magnificient. I have a couple of shots of the doors too. Beautiful.
Thanks again.
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 2:57PM
great set esp. v2

paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
29 Apr 2009 3:18PM
Thanks Linda. Paul
helenlinda Plus
13 366 22 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 3:25PM
v2 is a very dramatic shot- really like it!
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
2 May 2009 12:47PM
Thanks Helen. Paul
jinstone Plus
14 5 1 England
9 Jun 2009 8:19PM
What a great shot and so close to the Kremlin per your info. Makes you think there might be a god after all
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
18 Jun 2009 4:54PM
Just noticed your comment now jeremy. Cheers.

Surprised nobody's translated this yet - the 3rd pic just says that the monument was put up in 2005 and paid for by local government and Russian businesses... but the 4th one goes something like this:
Emperor Alexander II

In the year 1861 he abolished the law of serfdom in Russia and freed millions of peasants after years of slavery

He undertook judicial and military reforms, set up systems of local self-government, town parliaments and district councils

He ended the long-standing Caucus War

He freed the Slavic people from Osman oppression

He died on 1st March 1881 as the result of a terrorist act
paulcr 15 1.5k 9 Ireland
21 Jul 2009 3:00PM
Hi Misha just noticed your translation now. Many thanks. Paul

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