Thursday, July 9, 2015

Moscow 3 - St. Basil's Cathedral




St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square is the most spectacular, incredible sight in Moscow mainly due to the  multi - colored, onion shaped domes of its nine turrets. Each turret  has a small chapel beneath it with  altar, decorations, and lots of religious artifacts on display.  

To enter the cathedral I had to stand in  line and buy a ticket; it was worth it. The interior was beautifully decorated  with frescoes, icons, bricks.  I  moved from one tiny room to another, taking pictures (without flash) , enjoying the richness of color, delicacy of shapes, and intricacy of details.  I felt like  I was in a fairytale castle, and I even managed to climb up  the steps of the narrow staircase and have a  look at the Red Square from the top.




To be able to 'absorb' all of the inside and outside beauty  of this religious and architectural masterpiece, one has to visit it more than once. Definitely. 
I was told that sometimes a male group of 4-5 singers, with angelic voices, perform in one of the chapels.  It didn't happen while I was there. So, hopefully next time.... 
  
                                                                           
                                                           on the back stairs


When I came back to the hotel, I suddenly became aware of the brick wall on the way to the room area; it  seemed to have been inspired by the ones within the cathedral. I liked that.


                                                      

11 comments:

Angelina Pratt said...

I really enjoy the beautiful tour of St. Basil's Cathedral. It looks amazing!

DUTA said...

Hi Angelina,

Thanks for stopping by. Indeed, the place is breathtaking. Words are too weak to describe its beauty.

Alicia said...

Definitely beautiful. The first picture almost looks like it would be a theme park, like Disneyland. Places like that amaze me because you can revisit and each time you see something new. I hope you go back and share more of it's beauty.

DUTA said...

Hi Alicia,

I keep saying words cannot describe its beauty and versatility. I've never been to Disneyland, but as I mentioned in my post - I felt like being in a fairytale castle. I really wish I could revisit the place someday.

Suzane Weck said...

Com certeza Duta,é uma visão inesquecível para ser lembrada pelo resto da vida.Estive lá alguns anos atrás e como tu,fiquei encantada com as belezas que tive oportunidade de conhecer.Meu grande abraço.SU

DUTA said...

Suzane Weck

Hi Su,
So you were there several years ago. I agree with you: it's a vision to remember for life.

Bica said...

Always interested in Russia, Russian history, etc. I've done a lot of reading about Russian leaders and history. I know I'll never get there, so I appreciate you sharing your experiences. Love the posts and the pictures! Thanks, Duta!

DUTA said...

Bica,
Please, never say never. One cannot know for sure what the future has in store for
him.
I've only been in Moscow for a week, and I feel overwhelmed by its past and present. I'll try to share my impressions as much as possible.

Nel said...

Beautiful Duta! Thanks for sharing!

PinkPanthress said...

I have always been fascinated by those onion domes of this Cathedral... if I'm not mistaken they're one of a kind with their shapes & colours. :)
The photographs ar beautiful, Duta! I like all of them so far!

DUTA said...

Pink Panthress,

You're not mistaken, Nokta, those onion domes are one of a kind. There are some more onion-like domes in Moscow, but not in these colours and shape of details.
Thanks for your kind comment.