The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, internationally known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is the most iconic structure of Moscow and even Russia.
The cathedral that resembles a fairy tale castle more than a cathedral with its colorful domes is usually confused with The Moscow Kremlin. The reason is that both of them are located in the Red Square… The cathedral, which takes place in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list, is one of the first places visitors of the city photograph.
The story is as follows; in 1552 Ivan the Terrible wanted to build a monument to commemorate his victories over the Tatars. The Italian architect Barma began the construction of the St. Basil’s Cathedral in 1555 and completed it in 1561. Myths are always made up about these types of buildings; in order not to build another example of this magnificent work elsewhere, the Italian architect’s eyes were abacinated by Ivan the Terrible…
As for the features of the structure; each of the 8 domes of the cathedral represents 8 separate victories in wars. The domes, which were said to be made of solid gold in the early periods of the cathedral, were painted in different colors in 1670. In 1860, these colors became more complex and the domes were given their present images.
The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, which now serves as a museum, awaits its visitors. The structure will remain in your memory as the most different cathedral you have ever seen.