Cathedral of St Basil
Красная площадь, Moscow, Russia
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Cathedral of St Basil Moscow Reviews
St Basil's Cathedral Apr 04, 2010
St Basil's sits at the far end of Red Square towards the river. No matter how many times you see it it is spectacular.
Possibly better to see it first during the day, and then go back again at night when it is all lit up when it is truely stunning.
Statue outside it is of Minin And Pozhharskiy, who raised an army to fight the Poles and free Russia. Orginally stood in the centre of Red Square, but moved during communist rule as it got in the way of their parades :D.
Cost 350R (150R for kids) to enter, and the ticket booth is at the front on the left. Not what I expected, as it is more a series of small chapels, probably one for each of the domes, rather than a big church.
Entering you first come to a couple of rooms with icons in them. Then you have to go up a winding stone staircase, and the steps are unusually high.
Upstairs there are different little chapes, the first being full of icons on one side and paintings on the other. You can also see all the way up tothe top of the dome inside, and it is beautifully painted all the way up.
Even going through the passageways is impressive as even though they are all stone they are brightly decorated.
Some great stuff to see inside and really not to be missed
Part of the The Moscow Times - April 2010 travel blog
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One of the most unique buildings in the world Aug 06, 2007
Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church built at the far end of the Red Square between 1555 and 1561. It was built in the order of Tsar Ivan IV to commemorate capture of Kazan and Astrakhan and to mark the geometric center of the city. Until 1600 it was the tallest building in Moscow.
The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky and because of its design and bright colours it is one of the most unique buildings in the world. The original building, known as the Trinity Cathedral, contained eight side churches arranged around a ninth, central church of Intercession. The tenth church was erected in 1588 over the grave of the local saint Vasily (Basil).
The several churches and other improvements that have been added through the centuries are now all connected, making the inside of the cathedral an extensive maze of small chambers, steps and narrow hallways of which every tiny inch has been painted in colourful patterns.
Part of the Western Russia 2007 travel blog
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