Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow

I visited this cathedral, the tallest Orthodox church in the world, last week, and was impressed with the vibrancy of the ceiling paintings. I couldn't imagine how they remained so bright after so many years. I hadn't planned on going, but I happened to be walking by on my way to a photography gallery. The admission was free, but in the spirit of Christ you must first walk through the gift shop.

Then today I learned the church was demolished after the Russian Revolution of 1917, more specifically after the death of Lenin, and that it was eventually turned into the world's largest outdoor swimming pool. The church as it stands today is less than 20 years old, and as far as I know everything is a replica, which explains why all the paintings look so new. Because, well, they are. Even so, it's pretty amazing, for a church.