In February 1990, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission from the Soviet Government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Restoration of the cathedral began in 1995 and lasted five years. In order to match the original finishing, marble for the upper temple was procured in Italy. The reconstruction and finishing of the temple cost a total of $650 million US Dollars, over one million Muscovites donated part of the money and people from around the World donated the rest. As it was in the 19th century, it remains the Russian Orthodox Church's largest cathedral in Russia. The Cathedral is as tall as 30 story office building. During the main church services, it can hold up to 5,000 people.