Saint Basil’s Cathedral 450 years!

Yesterday, on the 12th of July, Moscow celebrated the 450th birthday of one of Russia’s most famous landmarks, Saint Basil’s Cathedral.

The cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church on the Red Square in Moscow. Built in 1555–61 on the order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

According to legend, Ivan the Terrible blinded the architecture Postnik Yakovlev so that he could never build anything so beautiful again.
However, this is probably a myth, as Yakovlev designed the northeast chapel of St. Basil’s in 1588, four years after Ivan’s death.

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