Beautiful Church Cathedral Pictures

St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia


The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a former church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It has been the hub of the city's growth since the 14th century and was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.

Instead of following the original ad hoc layout (seven churches around the central core), Ivan's architects opted for a more symmetrical floor plan with eight side churches around the core, producing "a thoroughly coherent, logical plan" despite the erroneous latter "notion of a structure devoid of restraint or reason" influenced by the memory of Ivan's irrational atrocities. Sources

St. Ignatius Church, Kojimachi, Tokyo, Japan

St. Ignatius Church 

  On 26 August, 1947, the pastoral care of the Parish at Kojimachi has been entrusted to Society of Jesus. Fr. Helman Heuvers was assigned as the first chaplain. On 2nd of December the Church construction had been started and the name of the Church was changed to St. Ignatius Church. Sources


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