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17:36 GMT +3 hours26 January 2015
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Photo history of Christ the Savior Cathedral

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Russia’s main cathedral, a monument of combat glory, was barbarously destroyed 80 years ago, at noon on December 5, 1931. The cathedral withstood the first explosion and a new demolition charge had to be planted. Everything was finished several hours later. Photo: Removing bells from Christ the Savior Cathedral. 1930.

The history of the cathedral’s construction started with a groundbreaking ceremony on September 10, 1839.