Church of St. Basil Cathedral of Blessed Saint Basil the Great
Better known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, the strangest Russian Orthodox church's full official name is the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat
The religious architectural complex is the brainchild of Ivan the Terrible and was not related to Saint Basil from the beginning. The famous Russian Orthodox church in the Red Square in Moscow has been erected in 1555-61.
The Cathedral of Saint Basil marks the geometric centre of the city Moscow and the spiritual center of its growth since the 14th century, the pride of Russia's rulers and its people. Originally, the religious complex known today as Saint Basil's Cathedral, had been a block of eight side domes around the ninth, situated in the center. A tenth church has been built later within the complex in 1588 over the grave of a venerated local saint Vassily (English: Basil) in the 16th and 17th centuries. The final architectural result is the Saint Basil Cathedral of nowadays, the beautiful Cathedral of St. Basil is a landmark for Moscow and for the Russian culture.
Photo detail of St. Basil's Cathedral by fai yumi on DeviantArt
Saint Basil the Great of Caesarea -- founder of guidelines of the monastic way of life
St. Basil was the great protector of the poor and underpriviledged
Bishop of Caesarea, and one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church, born probably in 329 A.D and died on the 1 January, 379. He was a defender of the Oriental Church against the heresies of the fourth century. With his friend Gregory of Nazianzus and his brother Gregory of Nyssa, he makes up the trio known as "The Three Cappadocians", Saint Basil is perceived above the other two in practical genius and actual achievement. his life was an example of personal dedication for Christian values.
Read more about St. Basil the Great's life stories -- details on various events fo his life..
The Red Square and the St Basil Cathedral in the background
Artwork by Russian painter Vasily Surikov
The St. Basil Cathedral appears in many works of Russian artists. Vasily Surikov has painted this in 1881. The picture is in the public domain -- and the photo is available in high resolution, so you can download and save it as a wallpaper if you want, or use it at your convenience.
St. Basil Cathedral 1000 piece puzzle
St Basil Cathedral -- 3D video of the building - The Cathedral dedicated to the Blessed Saint Patron
The famous Russian cathedral, St. Basil's. pride of a nation -- situated in the Red Square of Moscow, the hub of the Russian state.
St. Basil's Cathedral - Moscow - the Red Square
Blessed Saint Patron father of Orthodox Christianity
It is said that the architect of the complex has been blinded -- to prevent him from building anything similar to this masterpiece. The St. Basil Cathedral in the middle of Moscow is attracting a great number of visitors every year. Foreigners as well as Russians would not miss the opportunity to view the Cathedral of St Basil with its colored forms that cut the unexpected view into the skyline. Russia has many Cathedrals to prove its rich Christian history and the Cathedral of St. Basil is still one of the most impressive building.
Inside details of Saint Basil Cathedral
Details of the famous cathedral in Moscow the Red Square
Take a virtual tour of the St. Basil Cathedral, inside. The church is decorated in the Orthodox Christian style, with icons and murals. The beautiful Cathedral of St Basil serves for religious services but visitors are accommodated in the hours dedicated to tourists.
Postnik Yakovlev -- the architect blinded by Ivan the Terrible
Has been the builder really blinded to keep St. Basil Cathedral unique ?
Is it a myth or it's the truth that Postnik Yakovlev, the architect of the St. Basil Cathedral has been blinded by Ivan the Terrible? Legend says that the Russian ruler asked Postnik Yakovlev, after the completion of works whether he would be able to build another building as beautiful as the Cathedral was. Postnik Yakovlev's answer was that he could build an even more beautiful one, so Ivan the Terrible blinded him as he wanted to keep the Cathedral from being surpassed. Well -- at least that is what the legends say -- but there are records that show that Postnik Yakovlev has built more churches after that. St. Basil Cathedral however, has never had another Cathedral to compete with its uniqueness -- it is still the most colorful and surprising religious building in Russia. During Stalin. the Cathedral was to be razed, according to the Dictator's wishes but a contemporary architect, Baranovsky, defended it -- at a heavy price though -- so that we still can see its full splendor today.
St Basil Cathedral in Russian artists' paintings
Oil paintings and art prints
Russian artists used St Basil cathedral as their subject matter during history -- but today too. Original paintings along reproductions made on commission, as well as prints of original paintings by the great masters of Russian art are keeping the image of this wonderful architectural landmark in the public's minds and hearts.
St. Basil's Cathedral 3D puzzles - Build a great cathedral from the small pieces
Have fun by building a model of the St. Basil Cathedral from the pieces of the puzzles. You can recreate the famous Cathedral of the Saint Patron Basil on a smaller scale by using the photos and the instructions from the booklet attached. A set of pieces of the great Cathedral of St. Basil make it all the more a fun activity -- the whole family can work together on it. It can be made a project for kids -- to develop attention span and a sense of the three dimensional forms -- with the final result of having Saint Basil Cathedral in your home.
Saint Basil Cathedral in the Red Square of Moscow - Items with the painting of the Cathedral
Moscow -- Red Square view of the St basil Cathedral. The gift boxes are hand painted by artisans from the Russian villages of Fedoskino, Palekh, Mstera and Kholui, situated in the regions surrounding Moscow.
Lovely item -- a perfect gift for a Russian friend!
Hand painted and signed item -- a gift to consider!
Saint Basil's Rule -- lived by the Saint Hierarch himself
- Saint Basil's Rule
The basic rules for the sake of good order for a monastic life. The earliest rules were those framed by St Basil which followed the Scriptures in that they sought to maintain a duty to God as well as to fellow man
- Saint Basil's Rule
Monasticism is not for everyone but the basic 12 steps of humility are for everyone. They are practical and decent duties for anyone that wishes to be happy and virtuous. It all starts with humility and our cooperation with grace.
- Saint Basil's life illustrating his own rules
A more detailed study on personal details of doctor St. Basil's life and activities recoreded by less known historical resources.
St. Basil's Cathedral image from a 1000 pieces of puzzle - Puzzles are fun
Make your own image of the St Basil cathedral from the tiny pieces of these puzzles. The whole family can help if it's getting too much for one member only.
St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow 1000 Piece Glow-in-the-Dark Puzzle
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About Saint Basil's works and life - About the early Christian monastic principles
Saint Basil is attributed the set of guidelines that are valid still today -- about a life of peace and harmony by observing values of humility, generosity and spiritual existence.
Other cathedrals in Russia - Cathedrals to visit in Russia
Russia's history is strongly related to the Christian Orthodox Church. The many cathedrals stand witness to the powerful influence of religion to the state's development. The Russian people and its rulers have been deeply religious throughout the times and build churches and cathedrals to commemorate or celebrate important moments for the nation. They stand today as the pride of a culture and tradition with a strong national character.
- List of cathedrals in Russia
The list of cathedrals in Russia, in categories by denomination.
- Famous Cathedrals around the world
A delightful visual quizz about the famous Cathedral buildings in the world. The beautiful images will take you to some great places to visit or just admire from pictures.
Christchurch Cathedral of New Zeeland - The Anglican church of Christchurch will be pulled down
It is sad to hear that the majestic Cathedral of Christchurch from New Zeeland will be pulled down as it can not be safely rebuilt. We only can hope that a new structure will replace the existing Anglican church that will be a symbol of renewal and faith. The Christchurch Cathedral has been a landmark for New Zeeland, the pride of a country. The Canterbury Region has experienced many earthquakes over the years, and like many buildings in Christchurch, the cathedral has suffered varying degrees of earthquake damage. Our sympathy is with the people of New Zeeland in the hour of their sadness.
- Christchurch Cathedral of New Zeeland
Detailed historical description of the sadly soon to vanish Christchurch Cathedral.
Cathedrals are places of God, peace, love and beauty. They are open not only to the Orthodox Christians but to anyone that holds the universal values of harmony and love. Their beauty in architectural forms and artistic decoration makes cathedrals from all over the world a place to visit. A Cathedral is a symbol that goes beyond religion -- and become landmarks in human history too.