It’s unbelievable that this beauty was built nearly 500 years ago.

The Cathedral of “Vasily the Blessed” commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is a church in Red Square Moscow , Russia and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat .

It was built from 1555–1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan . formerly the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

The Saint Basil’s Cathedral is not to be confused with the Moscow Kremlin .
The original building, known as Trinity Church and later Trinity Cathedral , contained eight churches arranged around a ninth, central church of Intercession ; a tenth church was erected in 1588 over the grave of venerated local saint Vasily (Basil) . In the 16th and 17th centuries, the church, perceived (as with all churches in Byzantine Christianity) as the earthly symbol of the Heavenly City .

The Cathedral was popularly known as the ” Jerusalem ” and served as an allegory of the Jerusalem Temple in the annual Palm Sunday parade attended by the Patriarch of Moscow and the Tsar .
The buil\nding is shaped like the flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, a design that has no parallel in Russian architecture.

St Basil is so colourful that it seem unreal, more like a made-believe , the picture below extensively shows the texture of its Onion roof still as fresh as a day old building.

The night view is all dreamy themed

Architecture Details

Architect(s) Barma and Postnik Yakovlev [2]
Architectural type Church
Groundbreaking 1555
Height (max) 47.5 metres (156 ft) [3]
Dome (s) 10
Dome height (inner) ff
Spire (s) 2

A clue on what the building looks like inside

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