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Temple of Our Christ the Savior

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Mikhail Tugarinov from the village of Fedoskino created a glorious sight of the Temple of Christ the Savior. This magnificent building is located in the center of Moscow, not far from the Kremlin. It was constructed on a vow given by sovereign Alexander I in gratitude for saving fatherland "from the Gauls invasion". On September 10, 1839 the solemn laying of the present temple in Russian-Byzantian style took place. It was constructed under the project of architect K.A. Ton, at the expense of the Treasury with attraction of people's donations. The temple was consecrated on April 10, 1883 during the days of crowning of the emperor Nikolay I. Architect K.Ton realized the project of a five-domed temple with a big central and four angular turrets with 14 bells. The banners and keys of the conquered cities were transferred to the temple. The height of the temple was 103 m. On December 5, 1931 the temple was blown up. Subsequently the foundation ditch was used for the construction of swimming - pool " Moscow ". In 1994 the pool was closed. On January 1995, the solemn laying of the revived temple took place. Now the temple has an active museum where excursions are held and the viewing platform is arranged.
The architecture is painted with photo quality accuracy. The surrounding winter landscape is painted with smooth watercolor like brushstrokes. To enliven the monotonous blue-gray palette of the composition, the artist enhances some of the details with gold and aluminum paint. The result is stunning. The domes of the cathedral, metallic roofs of the houses, the surface of the river sparkle dramatically reflecting the sunset glowing.
The scene is framed with a gold ornament. The box's sides are decorated with a wide gold line.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. The exterior of the box is painted with black lacquer while the interior is completed with dark red lacquer. A hinge is fastened to the top of the composition. The box rests on four legs. The work is signed by the artist. Approx size 6"x5"x2'.


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