A Photograph Everyone Takes in Moscow (1 July)

Everyone who comes to Moscow takes a picture on the Red Square with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background.  We decided to follow the trend and asked an old man hanging out at the Red Square to take a picture of our group with the postcard backdrop behind us.


We also visited the Cathedral.  The Cathedral consists of one central church and eight side churches.  Every dome stands for at least one church (sometimes two).  Each church has its own iconostasis, the word that came to Russian from Greek and means “a wall of icons.”  The Cathedral was built in the 16th century to celebrate Tsar Ivan’s victory over Tatars.  In the central church we listened to a Russian church choir singing an Orthodox chant.

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Many tried to account for the unusual architectural make up of the famous cathedral.  One commentator explained the design of the cathedral the following way: “A flame of a bonfire rising into the sky.”

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