St Basil’s Cathedral tickets and tours
St Basil’s Cathedral is an Orthodox church in the Red Square in Moscow. Viewed as a symbol of the city the church carries many names including Cathedr...
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St Basil’s Cathedral is an Orthodox church in the Red Square in Moscow. Viewed as a symbol of the city the church carries many names including Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed or Pokrovsky Cathedral. From the outside this iconic building features colorful onion shaped domes seated in front of a garden with a bronze statue honoring Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin. It’s interiors hold nine chapels surrounding a high belfry with walls and vaults covered in frescoes and oil paintings of saints.
The construction of the cathedral was ordered by Tsar Ivan the Terrible between 1555 and 1561 to celebrate his many victories during the Russo-Kazan war and was once the tallest building in Moscow. Built in the busy marketplace outside of the Kremlin walls, this church once began as a single wooden memorial created next to the Trinity Church, concluding in a cluster of seven wooden churches. Its final red bricked structure was created on the same site of the Trinity Church to commemorate the conquest of Kazan with a unique architectural style which is disputably accredited to Barma and Postnik.