The attached photo is a view of the Kremlin from a platform on the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The church was rebuilt in the 1990's after Stalin had destroyed the old one. He had planned a massive state structure but the ground was too soft to support it. For many years there was a huge public swimming pool on the site. The Orthodox Church, with state support, has rebuilt and restored many churches across Russia and the process continues. If you look carefully at the photo you will notice the heavy traffic along the Kremlin embankment. In addition to the massive office building (Putin's office is here) there are three major churches inside the Kremlin on Cathedral Square. One was where royal babies from the Tsarist era were baptized, one was where they were married and one was where they were buried (or, as our guide put it: "hatched, matched, and dispatched"). Looking into the distance beyond the Kremlin in the middle of the photo you will see the monumental Foreign Ministry building, one of the skyscrapers built during the Stalin era.