St Basil's Cathedral
Rank: Top 100
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Russian Federation
The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a church in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. 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. The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky, a design that has no analogues in Russian architecture.
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