Cathedral of St. Basil: A spectacular blend of Europe and Asia

Posted in Europe | April 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

In Russia, the Cathedral of St. Basil is the most identifiable symbol that features amazing attraction through its dazzling beauty. With its old history, the cathedral today is among the major attraction of the country that are widely visited by the tourists from all over Russia and the world. The major part of this cathedral is its colorful domes that are too attractive and instantly identifiable all over the world as the Orthodox Church.

Being a popular tourist attraction in the city of Moscow, the Cathedral of St. Basil is a wonderful place worth visiting. While viewing the cathedral from a distance, you will feel like living a life of fairy tale. The Ivan commissioned this spectacular attraction during the 16th century. It was built to commemorate the military victory and is the most renowned sight on the Red Square. The purpose of building such a gigantic and amazing attraction was just to pay honor to the capture of the Kazan’s Tatar stronghold in the year 1552. It took place on the Feast of the Intercession of the Virgin. Hence, the Cathedral was officially named as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat.

Even after its official name, the cathedral is popularly known in the world as the St. Basil’ Cathedral, which is the name given after the St. Basil the Blessed. Actually, Bassil was impressed Ivan in the year 1547, as he predicted a fire that brushed through the Moscow in the same year. Hence, the cathedral is the site where his dead body has been buried. It was actually buried in the Trinity Cathedral, which is today the site of Cathedral of St. Basil. The cathedral was built between the years 1555 to 1560. Legend says that, the Ivan had made the architect blind so that he could not build another same magnificent building anywhere else.

In the year 1588, Tsar Fyodor Ivanovich has included one more structure that is the ninth chapel on the eastern direction to abide the grave of St. Basil. Due to the negligence and weather, the St. Basil Cathedral has faced significant damage. It took a Millennium to gather funds for the restoration of the foundations and flaking surfaces. Locating at the border of the Red Square, this cathedral boasts amazing attractions to see and explore. The cathedral lies just across the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin. Built on a single foundation, this attraction includes total nine chapels.

The matchless colors of the cathedral plays a vital role to increase its popularity, as such cannot be found anywhere else in the entire world. The cathedral boasts amazing blend of Europe and Asia through its powerful eastern design and also boast its historical origins. The Towers and domes of the cathedral appear to be chaotic that makes the complex structure more attractive. In the design of the cathedral, you can experience the symmetry and symbolism. Total eight domed chapels are actually made to symbolize the eight assaults on Kazan – 4 large and octagonal and 4 small and square. In the center, you will get a tent-roofed spire that is topped with a small golden dome.

The ninth chapel on the eastern direction was later added in the year 1588. It could be recognized through the green and gold dome from outside that are studded with the golden pyramids. Inside the cathedral, you will be fascinated by experiencing various galleries that are winding from the chapel-to-chapel and level-to-level through the thin stairways and low arches. The interior walls are painted in floral and geometric patterns. At the upstairs, you can see the Chapel of the Intercession that includes similar marvelous blue and gold iconostasis. Some of the other chapels like St. Nicholas are the more reserved and even grave in their décor.

At the front of the cathedral, there is a garden that makes the site even more spectacular. The cathedral stands a bronze statue that commemorates the Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin. They rallied the volunteer army of Russia against the Polish invaders at the period of Time of Troubles during the late 16th and 17th centuries. Originally, the statue was constructed in the center of Red Square, which was shifted later in front of the cathedral in the year 1936 by the Soviet government.

The interior of the St. Basil’s Cathedral is so fascinating and charming that there is no one in the world who can regret its beauty and excellence. The complete cathedral from inside is adorned with some or the other attractive things to increase its charm and attraction. The cathedral remains open for the public from 11am to 6pm and remains closed on Tuesday and the first Monday of every month. To enter the cathedral you need to pay the entrance fees of $3.30.

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