St. Basil's Cathedral

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Editor's review

The most recognisable building in the whole of Russia, St. Basil's Cathedral (or 'The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed', to give it it's full title), can be found standing resplendent on the south-east end of Red Square. A truly magnificent mix of Western and Eastern architecture, St. Basil's was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his capture of Kazan. Finished by Postnik Yakovlev in 1561, Ivan is rumoured to have had the architect blinded afterwards, in order to prevent him ever producing anything so magnificent ever again. If only Stalin had done the same!

Editor & Moscow Local


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It is a beautiful structure and as I survey its majestic likeness in a photograph, it reminds me of my Russian ancestry, and makes me long to return once again.

Reply Mar 27th, 2013
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Reply Sep 22nd, 2009

Best seen from a distance. A quite marvellous building perfectly placed in the rear of the square. Went inside, the best part was listening to a choir singing. Otherwise not so very interesting.

Reply Jun 15th, 2008

I went to Moscow 7 times all in the was very beautiful city

Reply Nov 2nd, 2007

Amazing!!! Everything you imagine it would be. St Basil's is the most spectacular piece of architecture in Moscow

Reply Oct 19th, 2006

Not much to look at from the inside, and often has some scaffolding on the outside. Still absolutely brilliant. I took about forty photos!

Reply Mar 16th, 2006
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