Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Kaliningrad
Christ the Saviour Cathedral is a very important building in the history of Kaliningrad. It is situated near the central square called “Victory Square”. It is a very famous tourist attraction and one of the biggest Russian Orthodox Churches in the city.
I think it is quite symbolical that an Orthodox Cathedral was constructed in the city centre after the demise of the Soviet Union. When you cross the square you cannot help to notice this magnificent temple you and feel its religious presence.
Construction of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Kaliningrad
Construction started in 1996 but the Cathedral was only completed in 2006. It was constructed in the Suzdal and Vladimir architecture style. It combines modern and ancient traditions in a simple and elegant style. The way it was designed lends greatness to this cathedral. You have to notice it! There are a number of glass squares and windows which allows for a lot of light inside the Cathedral.
People always gather in the square on the eve of Christmas, even if it is freezing cold. In Russia they celebrate Christmas on 6 January. When we visited Kaliningrad in 2008, I couldn`t go inside because it was closed. Fortunately in 2012 I found it open and I managed to go inside. It is beautiful!
If you are in Kaliningrad make your way to the square. Sit there for a couple of minutes and soak up the majestic atmosphere of this beautiful and modern cathedral. You will not be disappointed.
Construction of a small replica of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral
During our visit in 2012 we saw a smaller replica of the Cathedral next to it. It was constructed from leftover material and is also open to the public. It has a prayer area and a shop that sells books and Russian Orthodox Souvenirs.
While I was browing the internet I found 2 photos of the actual construction process. I am adding it to the review.
When: May,June,July and August 2012