After Napoleon retreated from Russia, Tsar Alexander I declared
that a cathedral be built in remembrance to the soldiers who had
died defending mother Russia. Decades later the cathedral was
demolished by Stalin (who found the monument abhorrent), only to be
built again on the same site between 1990 and 2000 as a duplicate
of the original cathedral. It is currently the largest Orthodox
Church in the world. The contemporary Russian artwork, statues and
memorials to the Russian Tsars, as well as a small indoor museum
are well worth a look.
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