Russia has just opened a massive cathedral in honor of its military, a major project favored by President Vladimir Putin.
The cathedral serves the Russian Orthodox faith. Its military connection is no coincidence.
Putin has made the glorification of the military a major part of his appeal to Russian voters throughout his 20-year leadership.
The opening of the cathedral overlaps with a referendum that could see Putin remain as president until 2036.
When the project was announced, Russia’s defense minister promised the steps would be poured from “German trophy hardware” — rumored to be a reference to melted-down Nazi tanks.
The building is filled with symbolism in honor of Russia’s military history — but also caused controversy with a planned mosaic of Putin that was ultimately canceled.
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Russia has just built a huge cathedral in honor of its military to commemorate 75 years since the end of WWII.
Its full title in English is: The Resurrection of Christ Cathedral, the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces.
The cathedral is about 34 miles west of Moscow in a complex called Patriot Park.
Each of its four chapels is dedicated to a different patron saint of the branches of the Russian armed forces — the aerospace forces, the missile forces, the navy and the land army.
Source: Cathedral website.
It was built in just under 600 days, but was slightly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was supposed to be consecrated on May 9, which is Victory Day in Russia, but due to the coronavirus this was rescheduled to June 14, according to Radio Free Europe.
The building is said to have cost $82 million. The cathedral says around half of this came from donations.
The church’s website says the $43 million came from public donations.
According to the independent news outlet Znak.com, another $42.5 million came from Moscow public funds.
The cathedral was consecrated on June 14 with a large-scale military and religious ceremony.
Masks and social distancing were markedly absent, as was the case at Russia’s massive military parade on Victory Day in central Moscow.
The cathedral serves the Russian Orthodox faith, the most widespread religion in the country.
Here is an interior view of the construction work inside the cathedral.
Patriarch Kirill — the Russian Orthodox Church’s supreme leader — led the consecration.
Here’s another scene from the consecration, featuring a massive mosaic of the Virgin Mary and child.
This is an important project for Putin, who visited on June 22 — three days before Russians set out to vote on major constitutional reforms that will likely consolidate his power.
When he announced the project in September 2018, Putin said it would be “one more symbol of the indestructibility of our national traditions, of our loyalty to the memory of our forefathers and their achievements,” according to The Times of London.
Over his 20 years as either Prime Minister or President of the Russian Federation, he has long glorified the military.
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