This photo is the original architecture of Saint basil’s cathedral. It is a church located in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. It was the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.
History: St. Basil’s was built to commemorate the capture of the Tatar stronghold of Kazan in 1552, which occurred on the Feast of the Intercession of the Virgin. “The cathedral was thus officially named Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat (the moat being one that originally ran beside the Kremlin).” It was built over Vasily’s remains.
Architecture: The building consists of nine chapels build on a single foundation. The building is a symmetrical design. There are eight domed chapels symbolizing the eight assaults on Kazan. The ninth was built later on in the year 1588. In the center is a tent-roofed spire topped with a small golden dome. There is no other building that looks similar to it around the world. The wide variety of colors and shapes make it unique.
Interesting Fact: “The French diplomat Marquis de Custine commented that it combined “the scales of a golden fish, the enameled skin of a serpent, the changeful hues of the lizard, the glossy rose and azure of the pigeon’s neck” and wondered at “the men who go to worship God in this box of confectionery work.”