Happy 450th Birthday, St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral, or the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, was consecrated on July 12, 1561. The church, seen here in an 1823 painting, was constructed to commemorate Czar Ivan IV's capture of the cities of Kazan and Astrakhan.

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