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Pictures from Moscow, Russia: Saint Basil's Cathedral and Novospassky Monastery in Moscow.

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia
Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.                                                              © Jenny Smit

The Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat, more commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral or the Pokrovsky Cathedral, is a Russian Orthodox cathedral located in Red Square in Moscow. It is the splendid landmark of the city. 


The Cathedral was built by the architect Postnik Yakovlev in fulfilment of a vow made by Czar Ivan the Terrible before his campaign against Kazan in 1552. The original building contained eight side churches arranged around the central one, the Church of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God. On the north-western side, the Church of St. Vasily the Blessed was annexed to the cathedral in 1558. 


In 1812, Napoleon tried to burn the cathedral down with little success. 


In 1923, Bolsheviks converted it into a historical and architectural museum. The cathedral had been damaged in the Civil War and was restored by the architect Pyotr Baranovsky. 


Stalin wanted to have it to destroyed so that his military parades would have more room.  Baranovsky was again responsible for saving St. Basil's Cathedral from destruction. 


Several rounds of renovation were completed between 1950 and 2008. In 1991, some religious services were resumed in the cathedral. 


Saint Basil's Cathedral remains part of the State Historical Museum of Russia. It houses a collection of over 300 old-Russian paintings, metal works, textiles, woodwork, manuscripts and early printed books. 

It has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.


Novospassky Monastery in Moscow, Russia
Novospassky Monastery in Moscow, Russia.                                                                                              © Jenny Smit

Novospassky Monastery
is a fortified monastery surrounding Moscow. It is known also as the New monastery of the Saviour since the monastery was first founded with its Saviour Church in the Moscow Kremlin in the early 14th century and moved later to its current location.



State Historical Museum
the pokrovsky cathedral (or cathedral of st. basil the blessed) in moscow is a branch of the state historical museum of russia.
Novospassky Monastery
this is the official web site of the novospassky monastery - currently, it is available in russian only.

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