The famous St. Basil's Cathedral was commissioned by tsar Ivan the Terrible and built on the edge of Red Square between 1555 and 1561.
Legend has it that on completion of the church the Tsar ordered the architect, postnik Yakovlev, to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again. But he did go on to build another cathedral in Vladimir.
The cathedral was built to commemorate Ivan the Terrible's successful military campaign against the Tartar Mongols in 1552 in the besieged city of Kazan. Victory came on the feast day of the Intercession of the Virgin, so the Tsar chose to name his new church the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, after the moat that ran beside the Kremlin.
The church was given the nickname "St. Basil's" after the "holy fool" Basil the Blessed (1468-1552), who was hugely popular at that time with the Muscovites masses and even with Ivan the Terrible himself.
St. Basil's was built on the site of the earlier Trinity Cathedral, which at one point gave its name to the neighboring square.
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barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-01-15 15:18
Excelent colours & definition. The lightsare superb!!!
smash2707 (3320) 2006-01-15 15:21
Stunning night picture. Great colors and sharpness. Well done
Yorkie (138) 2006-01-15 15:27
Beautiful shot. The colours and sharpness are amazing for such a night shot. Well taken.
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-01-15 15:31
netlik, keskinlik ve kompozisyon muhteşem
noahsark (1092) 2006-01-15 15:37
It's one of the best photos of St.Basil's Cathedral i've ever seen...great colors and great night shot.
jossim (1480) 2006-01-15 15:41
Une superbe photo,les couleurs sont parfaitement exposé et la netteté excellente.
cherryripe (21033) 2006-01-15 16:27
Lovely nightshot of this splendid cathedral. You must have braved freezing cold temperatures to take it. Excellent sharpness and lovely colours. I would have liked a little space at the top and the "rainbow" from the light on the bottom right distracts a bit.
redvers (526) 2006-01-15 18:26
Great photo. The exposure is perfect. Pity about the bright light and flare in the bottom right.
jjcordier (77448) 2006-01-16 0:19
St.Basil's Cathedral is a splendid church!
Good photo but I would have liked a little space at the top of church. Good sharpness and great colours
arturlaszczak (74) 2006-01-16 1:53
Great shot with great colors and composition. Well done
Dr_Nibbles (283) 2006-01-21 5:24
I don't know if I am right, but I think, that the cross on the main tower is missing, maybe...
Apart from that I think that the basilika fills the picture just to the right extent, and the blue/green halo to the lower right also is kinda particular (did u use a filter?)
pradnyabg (2) 2012-02-16 22:18
A very good night shot! Agree with a few TE friends here.If not,for the flash on the bottom right including the rainbow,this would be make a perfect picture.
- Copyright: Mikhail Perfilov (perfil) (671)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 28-80 f3.5-5.6, @ ISO 800
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): St. Basils, Moscow, St. Basil's Cathedral [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-15 15:13
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