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Saint Basil's Cathedral or Pokrovsky Cathedral are official names for a Russian Orthodox Church in Red Square in Moscow. It was built in the 16th century on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan from Mongol forces. It consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The riot of color and shapes makes St.Basil's Cathedral unmatched to any other one in the world. The French diplomat Marquis de Custine commented that it combined "the scales of a golden fish, the enamelled skin of a serpent, the changeful hues of the lizard, the glossy rose and azure of the pigeon's neck".The photo was taken last summer during my visit to Moscow.
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