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St. Basil´s Cathedral in Moscow

St. Basil´s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the whole Russia. It is situated in the south-east end on the Red Square. The building is a great mixture of western and eastern architecture. It is mostly known as St. Basil´s Cathedral, but the official name is “The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat”. The popular alternative is Basil the Blessed.
The Cathedral was ordered by Ivan the Terrible, but nothing is known about the builders, Barma and Postnik, except their names and some legends. Moreover architectural specialists still are unable to agree about the governing idea which is hidden behind the structure. The creators could pay homage to the churches of Jerusalem or building eight churches around a central ninth can represent the medieval symbol of the eight-pointed star. Although the towers and domes appear chaotic, there is symmetry and symbolism in its design. In addition, originally the Cathedral was all while to match the white-stone Kremlin. The most interesting chapel is the main one, which contains a 19th century baroque iconostasis.
During the time of Soviet Union there was a talk of demolishing the cathedral because it hindered Stalin´s plans for massed parades on the Red Square. In the end it was saved thanks to the courage of the architect Pyotr Baranovsky who refused categorically to demolish it and sent the Kremlin an extremely blunt telegram, so the Cathedral remains standing. However, Baranovsky was sentenced for five years in prison.
At present the Cathedral is a museum. A spiral staircase was discovered in the 1970s within one of the walls during restoration work. So, visitors take tour into the central church, but they can also walk along the narrow, winding gallery, covered in beautiful patterned paintwork.
The opening hours are daily from 11.00 to 17.00, but it is closed on Tuesdays.

Explore Moscow – the capital of Russia

Moscow is the biggest city in Russia and Europe. A city in which there is a fascinating atmosphere, where the history is connected with modern times. While walking through this city you should not miss some places that make this city so interesting and unique. One of them is the Red Square that is called the main square of Moscow and Russia. A building which can be found here is Lenin´s Mausoleum where the body of this great leader is placed.
For sure, every visitor should see the St.Basil´s Cathedral. The architecture is really fascinating. The same it is about the State historical museum that is situated in the north of the square and seems to be like from a fairy tale.
The Moscow Kremlin is a historic fortified complex in the heart of the city. It includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Nowadays the complex serves as the official residence of the President.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum of European art in Moscow. This museum offers an unforgettable experience. Thousand years old paintings as well as beautiful pieces of French impressionists – you will find everything here.
In case you travel to Russia in winter, be prepared for freezing cold weather. However, it is one of the best views to see the Red Square covered with snow. The best how to get there is by plane. Moscow belongs to the cities which offer a lot of opportunities regarding accommodation, mainly if you look for really luxurious hotels. The best is to book your hotel in advance, so you can be sure that it will be the right quality of service and position within the city.
Moscow is a city with rich cultural and political past. This place is lively and very popular by tourists, a city with wonderful magic that is able to impress any visitor.