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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 Concrete Cathedral

The Concrete Cathedral

(p.143) Part Five The Concrete Cathedral (p.144)
The Holy Place

Konstantin Akinsha

Grigorij Kozlov

Sylvia Hochfield

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the events that would bring about the reconstruction of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, first initiated in December of 1962 by the young nationalist artist Ilya Glazunov, who also called for the protection of historical monuments. It recounts the famous swimming pool that once sat in the very spot of the cathedral—a wonder of the Soviet world. It notes the revival of the Orthodox Church, in which religious philosophers Vladimir Solovyov and Nicholas Berdyaev were required reading. It makes accounts of the publication of Valentin Kataev's famous fictionalized memoir, Almaznyi moi venets (My Diamond Diadem). Kataev created colorful portraits of dozens of writers and poets whose books were either prohibited or semiprohibited, though he did not name them and instead gave them friendly nicknames in order to escape the censors. The rest of the chapter, then, recounts the events and influences that would lead towards the reconstruction of the cathedral.

Keywords:   Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Ilya Glazunov, revival of the Orthodox Church, Vladimir Solovyov, Nicholas Berdyaev, My Diamond Diadem, Almaznyi moi venets

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