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I think, that all people in World have already seen a lot of photos and learnt a history of this famous church on the Red square in Moscow. So that, I hope, that you don't offend if I miss traditional historical descriptions here (in my previous photos you can find the info anyway).

I took this photo recently, walking around the famous square with my clients from Florida. When it was starting dark, I took several pictures of the church from the point of "Lobnoye Mesto" (literally "Frontal Place"), which is a circular white stone platform, located nearby St. Basil Cathedral. I didn't use a tripod here, but made a point of rest for camera on the stone of this platform to take the picture with exposure time in 1,6 sec. I hope, that composition here isn't too bad and you like this view.

Question from Janice: Is it still used as a church?

Here is some intresting info according her question:

After October Revolution (1917), in 1918 the communist authorities shot the archpriest Ioann Vostorgov, who was the cathedral's senior priest, confiscated its property, melted down all its bells, and closed the cathedral down. They did the same with many churches and convents in Russia. and a lot of churches and convents, monasteries was destroyed before WWII, but fortunately this famous cathedral survived by providence. In the 1930s Lazar Kaganovich, Stalin's associate and director of the reconstruction plan, proposed that the cathedral should be knocked down to clear the area for public parades and vehicle movement on Red Square. It is said that he prepared a special model of Red Square in which the cathedral could be removed, and brought it to Stalin to show how the cathedral was an obstacle for marches and traffic. Then he said: 'But if we knock it down, like that!..' and with these words he jerked the cathedral out of the square. Stalin looked, thought for a bit and then pronounced the immortal words: 'Lazar! Put it back!'

During WWII, to consolidate all power of the big state Stalin promised to all people (nations in USSR), if we can win this terrible war I'll give more freedom to the Russian Orthodox church and even start to restore and open convents and churches. He kept his word and from the end of 40s - beginning of 50s they stared to restore and open the churches for public. Some churches as like St. Basil, churches inside the Kremlin they made as museums opened for public. St. Basil cathedral nowadays isn't active church, it is museum with price for the tickets for foreigners about 3,5 USD.


With BEST regards,
Arthur Lookianov
Personal Guide and Driver in Moscow

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