At a time when monuments in the West from statues of Thomas Jefferson to George Washington to Winston Churchill and Confederate generals such as Robert E. Lee, and various military monuments are being destroyed, a new unprecedented memorial appeared in Russia on the occasion of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the country “Victory Day”, which is dedicated to the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945,
The mass traditional parade in honor of Victory Day on Red Square is scheduled for June 24, postponed from the date of May 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic. To officially celebrate this event, Russia officially opened high military theme cathedral,
Archeofuturism in Russia. An exciting video, almost like a glimpse of an alien civilization. pic.twitter.com/QsYDBK6e1m
– Aris Roussinos (@arisroussinos) June 15, 2020
Russian Orthodox Church and the Armed Forces unveiled the newly built “Armed Forces Cathedral” forty miles from Moscow earlier this week, It is also formally called the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, and now it is considered one of the highest churches in Russia.
It contains symbols that mark the Soviet struggle against the Nazi invaders, which, according to most estimates, led to the deaths of 26 million Russian soldiers and citizens.
One journalist said that the design and aesthetics of the new cathedral “like a glimpse of an alien civilization”,
The official consecration ceremony of this newest and highest Russian Orthodox Cathedral Church was held on June 14 at the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill, accompanied by Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu.
Inside the cathedral for the Orthodox “liturgy of consecration” under the supervision of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church:
From some points of view, the new cathedral really looks like something that combines futuristic architecture or, it would seem, sci-fi inspiration with an ancient and medieval bias, such as traditional Russian gold domes and Byzantine elements.
Previous reports in the West compared it to buildings and castles that can be seen in the Game of Thrones.
Journalist Aris Roussinos colorfully described many of his manifestations as a bold monument to the Russian victory in World War II over Nazi Germany on the eastern front. in the following way:
The cathedral itself is chained together as a weapon of war. Covered with bronze and iron, its towers soar up like a lot of ballistic missiles. Inside, a huge mosaic of the austere and all-seeing appearance of Christ looms in a gloomy interior with a greenish tint of a worn gun. Glittering mosaics depict the Blessed Virgin and the warlike saints who follow the defenders of Moscow during World War II, and Russian soldiers in modern uniforms, proudly carrying their Kalashnikovs as modern martyrs.
The steel steps leading to the cathedral, cast from molten Nazi tanks, its gilded domes surrounded by a huge museum of Russian military history, which holds relics such as Hitler’s personal form.This is a temple of military glory that goes far beyond Christianity, the architectural equivalent of a steppe khan drinking wine from the skull of a defeated enemy.
Russinos also pointed out how unlikely that anything like this would be built in the “progressive” West, which is increasingly fighting its past:
While Russian leaders publicly revere the icons of God and the state, the American elite is lost in an iconoclasmic orgy, rejecting their European foundation as original sin, destroying statues and erasing their own history during an outbreak of civilizational self-harm that was quickly taken to our own shores. It is hard to imagine what a similar monument will be like in the Western world. Will there remain brilliant skyscrapers with high finances (owned by Gulf investment funds) that are exploring the London skyline back in a century? It’s hard to even feel confident that the UK, or the European Union, or the United States will outlive them.
Patriarch Cyril announced on the occasion of his consecration: “Today, as a united people, in this military cathedral we remember the deeds of our soldiers and pray for our country that the Lord will protect our country from external and internal enemies,” according to Euro News,
The head of the Russian churchman further praised the country’s armed forces for protecting the people “from internal and external enemies,” and also thanked Vladimir Putin and the head of the military department, Sergei Shoigu, for supporting the project of the cathedral.
International media said that it was “controversial” and ultimately “a symbol of Putin’s new state ideology,” as Al jazeera put it down.
As expected, most of the major commentators in the United States and Great Britain were horrified by what they considered Putin’s “expansionist” goals embodied in the dominant and impressive symbols of the church and state.