Postcard from St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

St B MDoes size really matter?  This is the question I have been asking myself since arriving here in Moscow on Thursday. …my first thoughts were how incredibly big everything was…the roads…the cars. ..the buildings. But I have gradually discovered that so is the awe and wonder that I have felt after exploring the city for 3 days.

Such was the feeling seeing St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square for the first time…originally called the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, it was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate the capture of Kazan in 1552. It was designed with 8 chapels,  each representing a successful assault made on Kazan. The 9th chapel was added later to cover the grave of Basil the Blessed,  the pious ascetic to whom the cathedral owes its popular name.

FM MThe legend says that Ivan was so amazed at the beauty of the architect’s work that he had him blinded so that he would never be able to design anything as exquisite again. A bit extreme perhaps….then that seems to be the order of the day here!

Anyway. …enough history lessons….about the vodka….off to sample that tonight….the wine is really expensive!

It’s been a wonderful experience for me to come here and especially to see my brother again after many years.  I am very lucky 🙂

Love to all at St C’s….and remember to sing up at Mass on Sunday!

Much love,



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