Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Party in Brick and Stone

St. Basil's Cathedral in the heart of Moscow is undoubtedly one of the world's most distinctive buildings. Formally known as the Cathedral of the Intercession on the Moat, this beautiful edifice was commissioned by Czar Ivan IV, known in the West as Ivan the Terrible, to commemorate his defeat and capture of Kazan in 1552. The story that Ivan blinded the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to prevent him from designing another great building is the subject of some debate.

I do love to look at this inspiring building with its festive, colorful onion domes. It's a party in brick and stone.

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