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St. Basil’s Cathedral

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Ivan the Terrible commissed the building of St. Basil’s to commemorate the capture of the Mongol stronghold in Kazan in 1552. It was completed in 1561. There is a story that Ivan was so pleased with the beauty of the cathedral that he ordered the architect (thought to be Postnik Yakovlev) to be blinded so that he would never design anything as beautiful. Originally named the Cathedral of the Intercession because the final seige on the Mongols took place on the Feast of the Intercession, now it is known as St. Basil’s after Basil the Blessed aka the “holy fool” because his remains are inside.


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