Photographer's Note

On December 25, 1812 Russian Emperor Alexander I signed an order, according to which it was supposed to build a temple dedicated to Russia's victory over Napoleon in Moscow. The new temple was to symbolize the feat of Russian people and to become a gratitude to Providence for saving Russia.
It took about 40 years (1839-1883) to build and decorate the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. On May 26, 1883, the temple was solemnly consecrated in presence of Emperor Alexander III and his family.
The first Cathedral of Christ the Savior existed 48 years, so that some people recalled the curse of the nun. The magnificent cathedral did not match the principles of atheism and irritated the Soviet government. Iosif Stalin ordered to destroy the temple. The cathedral of Christ the Savior was blown up on December 5, 1931.
On the site of the cathedral it was decided to construct a giant tower topped with the statue of Vladimir Lenin - the Soviet Palace. However, World War II interrupted the plans. In 1958-1960s the foundation pit dug for the palace was used for the open swimming pool "Moscow".
The swimming pool existed for 30 years. At the end of the 1980s it was suggested to reconstruct the cathedral.
In July, 1992 the President of Russia, Boris Eltsin issued an edict, according to which the Fund of Moscow revival was founded.

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