The Cathedral Of Vasily The Blessed Essay

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The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, popularly known as St. Basil Cathedral, is located in Moscow Russia. The Cathedral goes by many names but one of the first official names came from the capture of Kazan that occurred on the Feast of the Intercession of the Virgin. The Russians called it Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat. It later became known as what we call it today. The construction began in 1555 and was completed in 1561. For reasons unknown there was a fire that had did great damage to the Cathedral in 1737. When the building was refurbished it also received its vibrant colors that we see today. The Cathedral was built by Ivan the Terrible to represent the assaults on Kazan city. The first church was built after the capture of Kazan, and the rest were built after the Astrakhan campaign. The Astrakhan campaign allowed the Russians to create The Great Volga Trade Route and gave them access to the Caspian Sea, which was a great victory for the Russians. Ivan demanded that the Cathedral be built, but of course he wasn’t the one who designed the church himself. The rumored architects are Bama and Postnik Yakovlev, but it is believed that Bama and Postnik were in fact the same person. When people refer to the architect, he is commonly known as Basil the Blessed. Basil was a Russian orthodox saint who had gained the acquaintance of Ivan the Terrible by telling Ivan about a fire that would sweep through Moscow. Basil was known for predicting deaths and a…

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