St Basil's on Red Square. Intimate size, genuine oil painting. Made in Russia. About 7¾" x 5¾". 1 only.
Saint Basil's Cathedral (Собор Василия Блаженного) is formally known as The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. Located in the Red Square of Moscow, it presents a captivating image of Byzantine style and grace. Built from 1555 to 1561 on orders from Ivan the IV (aka Terrible), it commemorates the expansion of Russia with the acquisition of territories of Kazan and Astrakhan. Originally the Trinity Cathedral, it was divided into eight chapels arranged around a ninth, central chapel which was dedicated to the Intercession. A tenth chapel was built over the grave of Basil the Blessed (1468-1557), who, while still living, rebuked Ivan the Terrible for not paying attention in church. The complex structure symbolizes a flame and is like no other church, or for that matter, building in Russia. In 1929, after the Russian revolution, it was secularized. It was still standing in 1991, after the Soviet Union dissolved, and after having survived Napoleon and Stalin. Weekly services have been restored, thus combining one of Russia's greatest tourist attractions with an operational church.