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Saint Basil's Cathedral (Russia)

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The Basil's Cathedral, is a church in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral.It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. A world-famous landmark,it was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.In 1990, the Kremlin and Red Square were named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. It is one of 16 UNESCO cultural sites in Russia.
Architectural specialists
Architectural specialists are to this day unable to agree about the governing idea behind the structure. Either the creators were paying homage to the churches of Jerusalem, or, by building eight churches around a central ninth, they were representing the medieval symbol of the eight-pointed star. The original concept of the Cathedral of the Intercession has been hidden from us beneath layers of stylistic additions and new churches added to the main building. In fact, when built, the Cathedral was all white to match the white-stone Kremlin, and the onion domes were gold rather than multi-colored and patterned as they are today.
In the 17th century a hip-roofed bell tower was added, the gallery and staircases were covered with vaulted roofing, and the helmeted domes were replaced with decorated ones. In 1860 during rebuilding, the Cathedral was painted with a more complex and integrated design, and has remained unchanged since.
In a garden at the front of the cathedral stands a bronze statue commemorating Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin, who rallied Russia's volunteer army against the Polish invaders during the Time of Troubles in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
The last round of renovation was completed in September 2008 with the opening of the restored sanctuary of St. Alexander Svirsky.The building is still partly in use today as a museum but since 1991 is occasionally used for periodic services by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Location
Red Square,Moscow, Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral (Russia)

Saint
calendarSep 15 2017

Saint Basil's Cathedral (Russia)

Saint
calendarSep 15 2017

Saint Basil's Cathedral (Russia)

Saint
calendarSep 15 2017