The cathedral serves the Russian Orthodox faith, the most widespread religion in the country.
Here is an interior view of the construction work inside the cathedral.
Patriarch Kirill — the Russian Orthodox Church’s supreme leader — led the consecration.
Here’s another scene from the consecration, featuring a massive mosaic of the Virgin Mary and child.
This is an important project for Putin, who visited on June 22 — three days before Russians set out to vote on major constitutional reforms that will likely consolidate his power.
When he announced the project in September 2018, Putin said it would be “one more symbol of the indestructibility of our national traditions, of our loyalty to the memory of our forefathers and their achievements,” according to The Times of London.
Over his 20 years as either Prime Minister or President of the Russian Federation, he has long glorified the military.
The constitutional reforms could potentially see Putin remain leader until 2036.
The proposed reforms would limit a president’s rule to a total of two six-year terms (Putin is currently on his fourth).
However, it would also “reset the clock” on Putin’s own rule, the BBC reported, potentially giving him another 12 years beyond the end of his current term in 2024.
The final day of voting will be July 1.
The Orthodox church defended the mosaic as depicting one of many historical scenes, but ultimately it was canceled.