The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church blesses the reconstruction of the Cathedral
of Christ the Savior. The Synod asks addresses an appeal to the Russian government asking
for permission to resurrect the cathedral on its' original site.
December 5, 1990
A granite slab was triumphantly installed on Volkhonka Street (the original site of the
Cathedral). The inscription read "this is the cornerstone of the Church of the
Derzhavnaya Icon of the Theotokos, which shall be the predecessor of the Cathedral of
Christ the Savior, that will be reconstructed on this spot". V. Soloukhine, V.
Mokrousov, V. Krupin, G.Sviridov and V. Rasputin all helped organize popular support for
the resurrection of the Cathedral.
July 16, 1992
Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia, signed a Decree "The establishment of a Fund for
the recreation of Moscow". The Cathedral of Christ the savoir headed the list of
buildings to be reconstructed in the first round.
May 31, 1994
The Moscow municipal government, supported by the Moscow Patriarchate mandates the
beginning of the reconstruction of the Cathedral.
September 7, 1994
The initial meeting of the Committee to oversee the reconstruction of the Cathedral of
Christ the Savior takes place. The Committee elects the Patriarch of Moscow to be
Chairman. The Committee also established the Fund for the Financial Support of the
Reconstruction of the Cathedral.
The swimming pool Moscow is disassembled. The cement foundations for the administrative
sectors of the Cathedral are poured in November and December.
January 7, 1995 Christmas
His Holiness Alexey II, Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia serves a moleben and blesses
the cornerstone and memorial plaque in the foundation of the Cathedral. Viktor
Chernomyrdin and Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov attend.
April 23, 1995 Easter
Paschal Vespers are served on the level of the floor of the future Cathedral.
August 19, 1995 - Transfiguration
The first liturgy is served in the lower Church of the Transfiguration with the
traditional blessing of the fruit.
January 7, 1996
The first two memorial plaques listing donors are unveiled. The Patriarch, President
Yeltsin and Mayor Luzhkov lay the last three bricks in the wall of the main entrance.
April 14, 1996
Patriarch Aleksey II conducts the first service in the partially completed Cathedral.
President Yeltsin, members of the Cabinet of Ministers and Mayor Luzhkov attend.
August 19, 1996 - Transfiguration
His Holiness Alexey II, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia leads the great Consecration of
the Transfiguration church (the lower church of the Cathedral). Henceforth, divine
services are conducted regularly in this church.
September 7, 1997
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is the focal point for the celebrations in honor of the
850th anniversary of the founding of Moscow. A festal moleben is served in the square and
the Patriarch blessed the completed walls of the Cathedral. The work on the artistic
decoration and accoutrements begins the sculptures on the facades and the frescoes inside.
April 2, 1999
The frescoes in the main dome are begun.
All of the frescoes throughout the entire Cathedral are completed.
December 31, 1999
The Patriarch conducts the Lesser Consecration of the Cathedral.
August 19, 2000 - Transfiguration
The Patriarch leads all of the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Great
Consecration of the Cathedral.