Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Zurab Konstantinovitch Tsereteli
The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on the banks of the Moskva river in Moscow is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world. To its right are the two huge statues dedicated to Alexander II and Nicholas II.
In February 1990 the Russian Orthodox church received permission from the Soviet government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The project was initially supervised by the architect Aleksey Denisov, but Denisov was subsequently replaced by Zurab Tsereteli, who introduced a number of innovations. The cathedral square is graced by several chapels, designed in the same style as the cathedral itself. Approximately a million Muscovites donated money to the Cathedral's reconstruction. Furrer is particularly proud of its craftsmen's contribution to the project. They were working with one of the hardest stone's in the world, Red quartzite, notorious for being as hard as diamonds. As can be seen in the photos here they rose to the challenge magnificently, producing some exceptionally beautiful work.