Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for St. Basil's


Probably the best known of all of Russia's Orthodox churches is Saint Basil's in Red Square.  But while that is the name we all call it, the official name is "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat".  Yeah, St. Basil's is much easier.


The Cathedral was finished in 1560 and was ordered to be built by Ivan the Terrible.  Speaking of terrible, Stalin had ordered it to be destroyed but the architect Baranovsky refused.




Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, completed in 1818.

Cathedral interiors follow:





Tolkien Bonus:  B is for "the Balrog" of the Third Age.  This demon caused the Dwarves to leave Khazad-dum after killing two of their kings.  The Balrog was destroyed by Gandalf during the Third Age in the War of the Rings.


43 comments:

  1. I've never seen photos of the inside of this cathedral before! From the outside, it almost looks theme park-ish, with how colorful and clean it is... I really want to see it in person some day!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    Out of Print, Fiction authors and their shorts

    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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    1. I do hope you get to see it. Unfortunately the darkness and angles make it hard to take pics inside any of the cathedrals, Plus, only cathedrals not used for regular masses allow for picture taking.

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  2. Russian architecture is exactly as I imagine fairyland palaces to be. Thank you for this tour through Russia. And I must repeat the comment I made about the angles you use while shooting your pictures. They make a huge difference to the final output.

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    1. The angles are because of the immense size of everything and my camera. I used to haul around a camera with interchangeable lenses, but those days are long gone. Glad you like them.

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  3. Wow, that's just amazing to look at! So many details!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

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  4. Stunning. Imagine, Stalin wanted it destroyed.

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    1. Russians still seem to think highly of him. Go figure.

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  5. I've never been, much to my dismay, but I've always thought this ranked in the top ten of coolest buildings in the world. It looks like something out of Candy Land!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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    1. It took me 67 years to get there so you have plenty of time.

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  6. Thank you for the gorgeous photos! A friend of mine with Russian heritage must see these (if she hasn't seen images already ~grin~). As an early retiree myself, I wish you well.

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    1. I retired at 62 and now folks are asking me to come back to work. Really? Got offered a job in Kroger's yesterday since they see me there so much, lol.

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  7. You know, that's the first time I've ever seen pictures of this. It makes me think of Disney. And Aladdin. Visiting from the challenge. :)

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    1. So much of Russian does look like a Disney park now that you mention it. Wait till you see some of the other places.

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  8. Wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing your travels. Means I can imagine going-- without any of the graveling discomforts.. :-)

    Found you om the challenge as I was fascinated by the title of your blog.

    Annie
    http://www.authorsupport.net

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    1. That should be traveling lol

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    2. Thanks for stopping by. I never really imagined I would get there so am so glad I can share it with others.

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  9. Hallo Denise,

    I am also doing A-Z challenge so I want to say hallo to you from Sweden.
    I'm so glad you show these beautiful ornaments of Russian architecture.
    Not many people know about these.:((

    Angelzuz

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Sweden is on my bucket list, especially after reading 'the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' trilogy. Had I planned better I would have gone there after visiting Estonia. :((

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  10. St. Basil's is definitely easier - what I'm wondering is how you get from "The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat" to St Basil ..? :) I'm very glad it wasn't destroyed.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Basil the Blessed was buried on the site of the former Trinity Cathedral before this cathedral was built. Guess no one was thrilled with the new name.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. BTW, checked your blog. My parents and grandparents kept chickens. They scared the dickens out of me with their constant pecking.

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  12. Absolutely stunning! You're inciting my wanderlust, Denise...

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    1. Yes, and when you tune into news in a foreign country you usually can't understand the language. But guess, what? CNN was on in Russia.

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    1. Thanks. I look forward to jumping over to your blog.

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  14. Just WOW! Great picture. I'd love to go there someday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you make it there. It is so beautiful.

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  15. So why is it called St. Basil's? What has he got to do with it? It is certainly a well know cathedral I am so glad the architect refused to destroy it. Iconic isn't it? Haven't seen your clip yet, will do later.

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    1. Basil the Blessed had been buried on the site with a former church on the spot. Guess the folks liked his name better than the one given the new cathedral.

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  16. St Basil's is truly amazing - like some other people have said it just does not look real...

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    1. Amazing. And so many more amazing sites on this trip. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. It must be just amazing to visit. Even just looking at the pics I'm stunned.

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    1. A is for amazing. I was stunned by how incredibly beautiful this area is. Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Stalin is evil! He was a psychopath simply put and That architect should be given a medal!(His name is the nickname my dad gave my brother and I use to this day). The cathedral is so beautiful and I have never seen any of the interior and it is simply breathtaking. It is on my bucket list

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    1. The architect who defied him got sent to prison for five years. I am pretty sure no one in Russia is going to say anything bad about anybody. Our guide even insisted that Russia is not involved in the Ukraine.

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  19. Oh and that scene with the Balrog took my breath away when I saw it on the big screen

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  20. Wonderful photos. I'm enjoying our tour of Moscow!

    Faye at Destination: Fiction

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    1. Tomorrow I am in the suburbs of Saint Petersburg. Come on along.

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  21. Amazing pictures! I am visiting from A to Z and I am definitely going to put your blog on my list of "must-reads!"
    Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c'est Fantastique

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  22. It's a fantastic building. The saga says the Ivan the Terrible blinded the architect when the church was finished, to make sure he couldn't make a similar church for other emperors. Baranovsky must have been very brave. Not many people dared (nor survived) to challenging Stalin's will.

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. Good old Ivan. He must have inspired Stalin. Baranovsky only had to spend five years in prison.

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