9) St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russia
This magnificent building is situated in the center of Red Square, Moscow. Constructed in the mid-16th century, the cathedral no longer operates as a place of worship, now being a museum. Many scholars regard the cathedral different from all other buildings constructed during the 1000 years of Byzantium design that dominated Russian architecture. The cathedral is made up of 8 churches, arranged evenly around a core church. The large, core church is not centered, however. This results in the cathedral looking different, depending on the side of viewing. Views from the western façade present a structure that is symmetrical, whereas viewing from northern or southern façades offers an entirely different skyline. The cathedral is renowned for its unusually painted domes. Visitors are encouraged to visit the cathedral at night, as the colors are spectacular when viewed against sunset and the darkness of evening.
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