|Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (St. Basil's Cathedral)
|St. Basil's at night
|St. Basil's Cathedral is, today, actually a museum, used to draw tourists, rather
than worshipers. Communist state atheism has seen to it that it's been
almost ninety years since a congregation worshipped within its walls.
|St. Basil's seems designed to
accommodate nine congregations
at the same time.
|Trinity Church (St. Basil's) under construction, 1755-61.
|Russian Tsar Ivan IV
|St. Basil's cutaway illustration depicting the cathedral/museum's major features.
|The emphasis is upon height and endless, iconographic decoration.
|Vasily Gryaznov--St. Basil
Incidentally, the church's nickname comes from the highly venerated local, Saint, Vasily Gryaznov. "Basil" is the Anglicization of the Russian name "Vasily." In case you might still be wondering why we refer to the Cathedral as St. Basil's, it was named for Basil the Fool, sometimes called Basil the Blessed. The saint was also known as Basil, Fool for Christ. He was contemporary of Ivan the Terrible, who built the church and who much admired him. St. Basil is also buried within church.
|St. Basil's, Moscow, 1933, as seen by the
American artist, Gerald Harvey Jones.