The original Cathedral took about thirty years to build. The walls of the lower level were completed first. The arch of the main cupola was joined next. The exterior scaffolding was removed, when the Cathedral first was unveiled in all of its glory. The exterior facing was completed four years later and work was begun on the metal roofs and cupolas. The large cupola was completed later. The bronze balustrade on the roof was installed the last. church, religion, cross, culture, heaven, orthodox, Christianity, god, spirituality, traditional, destinations, white, shape, dome, cathedral, Jesus, sun, architecture, praying, Europe, tourism, place, Christ, cloud, famous, color, Russia, history, European, Russian, square, countries, classical, chapel, gold, Easter, bell, bell-tower, .