One of the capital's most recognizable religious sights is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It was built at the beginning of the 19th century soon after the end of the Patriotic War of 1812. The construction of the temple lasted more than forty years. In the post-revolutionary period, the cathedral was completely destroyed, and it was decided to erect the Palace of Soviets on its site. The city authorities began the reconstruction of the religious monument in 1994, and in three years the cathedral was finally open to the public.
Moscow and its environs accommodate several interesting historic monasteries, the oldest of which is Novodevichy Convent built in 1524 by order of Vasili III of Russia. Outwardly, the monastery looks like an impregnable medieval fortress. This historic convent is shrouded in many mysterious legends. Today, tourists visit it to see beautiful old frescoes as well as to hear incredible stories about members of royal families who spent the last years of their life here.
Another striking landmark of modern times is Kremlin in Izmailovo. It is an incredibly beautiful wooden building in the style of 17th-century architecture. The complex was built according to old drawings and pictures. Kremlin in Izmailovo accommodates several interesting museums, souvenir shops, a traditional food restaurant and other entertainment facilities for international tourists.