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Russia marks 450 years of St. Basil's Cathedral

Russia marks 450 years of St. Basil's Cathedral

Russia is celebrating the 450th anniversary of St. Basil's Cathedral, the onion-domed landmark on Moscow's Red Sqaure named after a homeless, naked dissident who stood up to Czar Ivan the Terrible.
The cathedral has been restored in time for Tuesday's exhibition dedicated to St. Basil and other so-called "holy fools," the devout and eccentric prophets known for braving Russian winters by walking around stark naked or wearing only feathers.
St. Basil fearlessly lambasted the tyranny of Ivan the Terrible, who feared the holy fool and carried his coffin to a grave right outside the Kremlin.
The cathedral, constructed to commemorate Ivan's victory over Mongol rulers, was built in 1561 on the burial site and is revered among believers for miracles and healings.


Updated : 2020-12-01 04:33 GMT+08:00