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450th Anniversary of St. Basil's Cathedral

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July 12, 2011
Have you seen the Google Doodle today? If you haven't, do it now. You would find that today is 450th anniversary of St. Basil's Cathedral. Want to know about St. Basil's Cathedral. Keep reading to collect useful information about it.

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia was built by Ivan the Terrible between 1555 and 1561. According to legends, the builder of this Cathedral was blinded so that such a beautiful structure could never be built again. The Cathedral is vividly colorful and contains redbrick towers that add to its beauty. The church's design consists of nine chapels, each mounted with its individual dome that marks the assault on the city of Kazan.
 
The Cathedral provides a strong religious symbolism and is based on architectural designs found in Jerusalem. Eight of the domes make a circular form around the ninth dome, forming a star (if viewed from the top). The number eight is considered an auspicious number according to Jewish calendar. There is a deep contrast between the interior and the exterior of the Cathedral.The interior contains modest decorations and is not that spectacular. The corridors inside are narrow and don't have adequate space for worshippers seating.

Many times in history, the Cathedral has suffered damage due to violent communal incidents. If stories are to be true, the French ruler Napoleon wanted to take St. Basil back to France with him, but due to the lack of such technology, he ordered his army to destroy it so that no one else could occupy the church. His army had prepared to attack the church and had also lit up the gunpowder, but a mysterious rain shower prevented the explosions. These are legends, but people really believe in St. Basil's mysterious powers and there are a lot of committed worshipers.

Source: famouswonders.com