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The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

St Basil's Cathedral is a highlight of Red Square, its multi-coloured onion domes turning it into a fairy-tale castle, straight out of a Disney cartoon. It's only when you look closer that you see the details, the gilded fretwork, the painted flower scrolls, and the delicate shapes formed by the brickwork.Then there the different shapes of each dome, each with its own colour scheme.

A grey autumnal day burned away into broken blue skies as we circled the building, suddenly turning dull colours into fiery brightness.

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

The Domes of St Basil's Cathedral

A truly amazing building.

Moscow, Russia
September 2008

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ravensthorpe
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Incredible! It reminds me of 1950s childrens book illustration.
davesslave
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
This is incredible! Thank you for posting those photos.
pigeonhed
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Back in 1982 I was a 17 year old. We travelled overland to Moscow and got to our hotel near the Olympic Stadium early evening, so after dinner some of us took a taxi to Red Square. I don't think I will ever forget walking up by the History Museum and seeing Red Square and Saint Basil's (actually The Cathedral Of The Intercession Of Mary, St Basil's is the little chapel beside the domed part -- in the foreground of your third pic I think) all illuminated. It truly is one of the most stunning sights.
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