How did this happen after such a long period of non-religion?
I asked our Russian guide and she explained that while the majority of churches were closed and used for other purposes, if at all, a few were left open for the old babushkas (grandmas) to use until they died. Apparently, in their (party leaders) belief that religion would not be passed down to the younger generation because everyone was a devoted communist, they figured when the babushkas died they could shutter the remaining churches. NOT!
While I have already posted many pictures of cathedrals and churches, here are a few more, all inside the Kremlin walls.