Cathedral of St. Basil
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Architect Barma and Posnik
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Location Moscow, Russia   map
Date 1554   timeline
Building Type cathedral, large church
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate cold temperate
Context urban
Style Russian Byzantine
Notes Eight colorful onion domes. 'Cathedral of the Interscession' or 'Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed'.


Photo, exterior



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Discussion Cathedral of St. Basil Commentary

"Barma and Posnik, the master builders commssioned by the Czar to do the job (there are reasons to assume that they were, in fact, one person) ... created a monument whose composition has no parallel in the entire history of world architecture. They built eight pillarlike churches on a single foundation, placed symmetrically round the ninth, central pillar crowned with a tentlike roof..."

— Russia.Net - Moscow Sights


Up to 64 meters high inside.


On the south side of Red Square

Sources on Cathedral of St. Basil

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. just mentioned, p402. — The classic text of architectural history. Updated 1996 edition available at  Find books about Cathedral of St. Basil


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