Russia’s Ministry of Defence has finished building a huge new church dedicated to the military on a WWII battlefield that made international headlines for its mosaics of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Putin.
The orthodox church has been built for the Russian Armed Forces at the military’s Patriot Park in the town of Kubinka in the Odintsovsky District of Moscow Oblast.
Aerial footage shows the spectacular new church complete with golden domes and windowed ceilings.
The church’s stunning frescos can be seen along with a new museum which has been built at the site. The museum features photos of soldiers who died in the war and an outdoor ‘Victory Field’ which features a reconstruction of the battlefield depicting the defence of Moscow.
The park was built in the area where Nazi troops were stopped and Russia launched its counterattack in the defence of Moscow.
The museum is divided into several themed areas including a section devoted to the front line of defence and another on the deployment of troops in the rear among others.
The construction which is the third-largest in the country after the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and St Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg is being built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War against the Nazis and in memory of those who died.
The diameter of the drum of the main dome is 19.45 metres (63.8 feet) in honour of the year of the end of World War II whilst the height of the belfry is 75 metres (246.06 feet) to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
The church made international headlines after mosaics reportedly depicting Vladimir Putin, Joseph Stalin and the annexation of Crimea were planned for inside although the plans were later changed to remove the Putin mosaic.
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