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The Holy PlaceArchitecture, Ideology, and History in Russia$
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Konstantin Akinsha, Grigorij Kozlov, and Sylvia Hochfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110272

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110272.001.0001

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The Last Days of the Cathedral

The Last Days of the Cathedral

(p.93) Part Three The Last Days of the Cathedral (p.94)
The Holy Place

Konstantin Akinsha

Grigorij Kozlov

Sylvia Hochfield

Yale University Press

This chapter marks the point in history wherein the Cathedral of Christ the Savior fell. It narrates how the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks brought about times of trouble for the church. In a sermon, Anthony of Kharkov summed up the situation as the cause of the Bolshevik government, who had led the Russian people into temptation: “They rob, kill, blaspheme, betray their motherland to enemies and sell their souls to the devil.” A well, known anti-Semite, Anthony was referring to Jews, who many church leaders believed composed the core of the Bolshevik movement and were responsible for all the country's troubles. The chapter goes on to the relate the events following this that led up to the cathedral's destruction, such as the bombing of the Kremlin, the execution of Citizen Nicholas Romanov, the establishment of the Brotherhood of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior by Archpriest Alexander Khotovitsky.

Keywords:   Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Bolshevik government, Anthony of Kharkov, bombing of the Kremlin, Nicholas Romanov, Alexander Khotovitsky

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