25 May Christ the Saviour Cathedral,Observation Point on top

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is Moscow’s famous cathedral situated on the north bank of the River Moskva. At 103 metres high it is the tallest Orthodox Christian Church in the world and dominates that part of the Moscow skyline.

The Cathedral is the second church standing on this site; the original was built during the 19th century, taking over 40 years to build. It was destroyed on Joseph Stalin’s orders in 1931. Its’ destruction was to allow the Soviets to build a huge Palace of the Soviets.

The Palace of Soviets was never built but the gold was stripped and the Cathedral subsequently dynamited.

Most recently the new Cathedral was in the headlines as the venue chosen by Russian protestors, Pussy Riot, for their demonstration against President Putin and the Russian government.

When: We meet outside Kropotkinskaya Metro Station at 14.20h. You should be in the tail (last wagon) of the train if you are coming from the centre. When you walk out of the station take the exit to the left and walk up the stairs, it is indicated towards Volkhonka Street

Cost: 1500 rub per person