Sunday, December 31, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!

I was getting worried as I had no posts scheduled. Had I run out of churches???

I started hunting around my posts and in my photo archives and found that I had never posted this most famous Moscow church!

May 2011- Moscow Russia

It was Victory Day, marking the end of WWII, a huge national holiday so the museum was closed.

The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed.commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a church in the Red Square. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, a design that has no parallel in Russian architecture. Dmitry Shvidkovsky, in his book Russian Architecture and the West, states that "it is like no other Russian building. Nothing similar can be found in the entire millennium of Byzantine tradition from the fifth to the fifteenth century ... a strangeness that astonishes by its unexpectedness, complexity and dazzling interleaving of the manifold details of its design.". The cathedral foreshadowed the climax of Russian national architecture in the 17th century.


  1. It is like no other cathedral or church I have seen, even if just judged by the use of colour.

  2. ...this is beautiful, right out of a story book. Happy New Year.

  3. Great shots of an amazing piece of architecture...I'm especially impressed by the last one with shining crosses on each dome!

  4. Fabulous! Happy New Year to you both!

  5. It is iconic. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Happy New Year!


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