My Pictures of Moscow

Continuing Moscow and St. Basil's Cathedral

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Nearby the sisters where I stayed was this Orthodox Church, the Cathedral of the Intercession
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The impressive Ceremonial Gate next to the Church and its 17th century palace.
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The Church and palace are actually on an island in the Izmaylovo park, in the area where Peter the Great grew up.
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Interior of the G.U.M., the massive "State Department Store" beside red square, showing modern consumerism has reached even here.
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St. Basil's Cathedral, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and built in 1555-1560. It is named after the "Holy Fool", St. Basil the Blessed who is buried here.
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It strange appearance comes from the fact that each dome mark a separate chapel (nine total).
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With so many small chapels, they are connected by a gallery which runs around the main, central chapel.
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The gallery is nicely painted with floral designs throughout.
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An example of looking up in one of the chapels, where you can see the spiraled dome high above the iconostasis.
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The iconostasis in the main / center chapel of St. Basils
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Notice the spiral domes, unfortunately much of St. Basil's as seen from red square is covered in scaffolding.
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The monastery Church (St. Peters?) near the metro stop as one leaves red square.

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