St. Basil's Cathedral
One of the most eye-catching sights of Moscow, if not the world, St. Basil’s Cathedral can be found right off the historic Red Square area in the city center. Its colorful spires beckon people from all over the world and you can spend hours exploring the area. From the Radisson Blu Slavyanskaya Hotel, you can easily get to the cathedral by taking the metro from Kievskaya Station to Ploshad’ Revolyutsii Station, then walk a couple of blocks south and cross the famous Red Square. From here, you will see the characteristic colorful onion domes of the capital.
A unique architectural wonderCommonly known as St Basil’s Cathedral, its official name is the Cathedral of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat. It celebrates the 16th-century conquest of Kazan and Astrakhan by Ivan the Terrible. On commands from the Tsar himself, workers constructed St Basil’s Cathedral from 1555 to 1561.
The cunning architects designed the building to reflect an image of flames raising to the sky, shown in the cathedral’s unique spires. However, the brilliant colors of St Basil’s Cathedral, including sky blue and forest green, were not added to the building until the 17th and 19th centuries. Legend has it that Ivan wanted to have the architects blinded upon completion to make sure that no similar buildings would ever be built, this however has been proven a myth. Nevertheless, the cathedral stands out as a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece.