The cathedral is about 34 miles west of Moscow in a complex called Patriot Park.
Each of its four chapels is dedicated to a different patron saint of the branches of the Russian armed forces — the aerospace forces, the missile forces, the navy and the land army.
Source: Cathedral website.
The building is said to have cost $82 million. The cathedral says around half of this came from donations.
The church’s website says the $43 million came from public donations.
According to the independent news outlet Znak.com, another $42.5 million came from Moscow public funds.
The cathedral was consecrated on June 14 with a large-scale military and religious ceremony.
Masks and social distancing were markedly absent, as was the case at Russia’s massive military parade on Victory Day in central Moscow.
The cathedral serves the Russian Orthodox faith, the most widespread religion in the country.
Here is an interior view of the construction work inside the cathedral.
Patriarch Kirill — the Russian Orthodox Church’s supreme leader — led the consecration.
Here’s another scene from the consecration, featuring a massive mosaic of the Virgin Mary and child.
This is an important project for Putin, who visited on June 22 — three days before Russians set out to vote on major constitutional reforms that will likely consolidate his power.
When he announced the project in September 2018, Putin said it would be “one more symbol of the indestructibility of our national traditions, of our loyalty to the memory of our forefathers and their achievements,” according to The Times of London.
Over his 20 years as either Prime Minister or President of the Russian Federation, he has long glorified the military.
The constitutional reforms could potentially see Putin remain leader until 2036.
The proposed reforms would limit a president’s rule to a total of two six-year terms (Putin is currently on his fourth).
However, it would also “reset the clock” on Putin’s own rule, the BBC reported, potentially giving him another 12 years beyond the end of his current term in 2024.
The final day of voting will be July 1.
The Orthodox church defended the mosaic as depicting one of many historical scenes, but ultimately it was cancelled.
A church official said on May 1 that the mosaic was ditched at to Putin’s request, according to The Guardian.
A Kremlin spokesperson said: “Someday our thankful descendants will appreciate our merits, but it’s too early to do so now,” the paper reported.
The massive cathedral still has numerous symbolic features glorifying Russian history.
The main arch is 19.45 meters wide, according to Al Jazeera — marking 1945, the final year of World War II.