St. Basil's Cathedral

The Making of Masterpiece

Introduction


Did you know that my monument is actually several churches built on a single base? (sacred-destinations.com) My monument is St. Basil's Cathedral. My monument is very different from others because of it's crazy structure and its impact on history. The cathedral is over 450 years old and was named after "Basil the Blessed" whom Ivan the Terrible liked as a person. (mirror.co.uk) I hope you like my monument and it's past.

Monument

The church is located on Red Square in Moscow, Russia. (lonelyplanet.com) The cathedral was built by Postnik Yakovlev, (awesomestories.com) and was built from 1555 to 1561 and opened to the public in the year 1561. (moscow.info.com) The cathedral is a castle looking structure with crazy colors, while it is a mainly sandy red and has spiralling domes on top of high towers. (travelchannel.com) The cathedral is supposedly the most popular attraction in Moscow, Russia, which is most likely true. (moscow.info.com)

The Capture of Kazan


The church was built after the capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. (moscow.info.com) The battle in the city of Kazan was fought in the year 1552, (moscow.info.com) and Ivan the Terrible led an army of 150,000 to siege the city on October 2nd, 1552, when they stormed the moated and walled city of Kazan. (historytoday.) After the victory, Ivan the Terrible ordered the construction of St. Basil's Cathedral. (moscow.info.com)

Postnik Yakovlev

The head architect of the church was Postnik Yakovlev. Postnik had an assistant named Ivan Barma, which Barma means "the mumbler". (awesoemestories.com) Postnik and Ivan were told to build the cathedral by Ivan the Terrible, (moscow.info.com) and legends tell that after the construction was finished, Postnik was blinded by Ivan the Terrible so he could never build something to compare. (awesoemestories.com) No one seems to know when this architect died, but most people can agree that St. Basil's Cathedral was his greatest creation.

Closing


St. Basil's Cathedral is a very interesting monument and I'm glad chose it as my monument. It has many different parts of its history and is a symbol of victory in Moscow, Russia. It has even been threatened to be torn down, but it is still standing today in its own glory. (mirror.co.uk.com) It is has gone through restoration and is now a museum in Moscow. (moscow.info.com) Would you want to visit?

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