Day 3, Tretyakov State Art Gallery and Pushkin Museum

The Tretyakov State Art Gallery

Come on a guided tour to the Tretyakov State Art Gallery, one of the two largest collections of Russian art. The other (we are not talking about sizes!) is the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

The Tretyakov State Art Gallery

The Collection of Russian Painting Masterpieces.

The Tretyakov State Art Gallery

The Collection of Russian Painting Masterpieces

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum of European art in Moscow.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The current church is the second to stand on this site. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build. It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets to house the country's legislature, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Construction started in 1937 but was halted in 1941 when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II. Its steel frame was disassembled the following year, and the Palace was never built - but the outdoor pool was. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on the site during 1995–2000.

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