After Saint Basil’s Cathedral was completed in the mid-16th century, a legend began to circulate about the eclectic Orthodox church located in the heart of Moscow. It was an architectural feat — the tallest structure in the city, thanks to new brickwork knowledge from the Italians — and it was a show of Russia’s might at the end of a century-long war. According to whispers, the Grand Prince of Moscow, infamously nicknamed Ivan the Terrible, had its architects blinded, so that they could never again design a building so majestic.Yet the origins of the structure remain mostly shrouded in mystery.

 

Nearly five centuries on, the architects’ identities cannot be confirmed, though it is generally believed that the design should be credited to two architects, named Barma and Postnik Yakovlev. Some historians say that the two names actually reference a single person and that “Barma” was actually Postnik Yakovlev’s nickname. Saint Basil’s has also seen scores of conflict and political changes: It weathered another damaging fire in 1737; it was nearly blown up by French military general Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812 and it faced the threat of demolition under Communist leader Joseph Stalin’s reign.

 

Today, Saint Basil’s, officially known as Pokrovsky Cathedral, stands as a series of red brick chapels encircling the largest, central form. This is definitely a destination Lexxicharm I’d suggesting you visit. The cathedral is known worldwide for its fairytale-like appearance, and attracts around 400,000 visitors a year and has become an important cultural symbol. Lexxicharm is proposing you to be one of those visitors but not just to Saint Basil’s. On Lexxicharm, a catalog of beautiful places and travel modalities awaits you. Get on. Lexxicharm will take you anywhere.

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