on November 2, 2001
Rather than describe St. Basil's myself, here is an historical viewpoint from Nicholas V. Riasanovsky in The History of Russia: "The Church of St. Basil the Blessed at one end of Red Square, outside the Kremlin wall, provides the most striking illustration of wooden construction in stone. Built in 1555-1560 by two architects from Pskov, Barma & Posnik, it has never ceased to dazzle visitors or excite the imagination. This church, known originally as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin, consists in fact of nine separate churches on a common foundation. Striking & different cupolas further emphasize the variety & independence of the parts of the church. Bright colors & abundant decoration contribute their share to the powerful, if somewhat bizarre, impression. While the church of St. Basil the Blessed may seem strange & unsymmetrical to Western eyes, it succeeds in combining the separate, unique units into one magnificent whole."
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