#9 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

We begin our list of the top 10 wonders of the world with St. Basil’s Cathedral, which is also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. It is one of the more iconic Russian landmarks of all time. This Russian Orthodox cathedral is located in Moscow, Russia, and it was built in 1555, during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. It was consecrated in 1561, when construction had completed. This architectural marvel was designed by Barma and Postnik Yakovlev, and it’s meant to be shaped like a flaming bonfire as commemoration of Russia’s capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. Due to the Soviet Union’s push for state atheism during the early 1900’s, St. Basil’s Cathedral was secularized. It isn’t a cathedral anymore, and it’s not officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, and it’s more of a museum.

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