Monday, 26 May 2008

The Moscow Memoirs: The Colourful Candy Cathedral

"Have fun in Moscow, and take lots of pictures of that colorful candy building!"

That was my friend Su Yin telling me what to do in Moscow.

And this here, is that 'candy building' - St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's famous Red Square:

This building is the first thing that will catch your eye as soon as you enter the vicinity of the Red Square.

You can't miss it, it's the most awesomely beautiful building in the area, and besides, with everything else a drab red in the so-called 'red square' (which actually means 'beautiful square' in Russian) the colours of the cathedral stand out even more.

Its name is actually the Pokrovsky Sobor, or Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat; and judging from that mouthful of a name, it's perhaps good that it is also known as St. Basil's Cathedral as well, or I'd be cramping up my fingers just by typing that name out here.

Anyway, this here is the front entrance of St Basil's:

It reminded me of a theme park castle more than a cathedral, to tell the truth. For a cathedral built by someone with a fear-inspiring name such as Ivan the Terrible, this is probalby THE MOST colourful cathedral I have EVER SEEN.

I mean, check out the different coloured domes!

It might as well have been built by Ivan the Terribly Sugar-High Candy Lover instead.

Anyway, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral (some parts were just as colourful as the outside as well), so here are a couple more pictures of the cathedral outside instead.

This here is the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, and commemorates the banishing of the Poles from Moscow in 1812.

And if you look at the picture below, you can see te famous Kremlin bell tower looming in the background....

..which serves as a preview of the upcoming post on... The Kremlin!

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