Month: October, 2013

17 Oct 2013

St. Basil’s Cathedral and Kremlin, Moscow, Russia

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St. Basil’s marks the geometric center of Moscow (not to be confused with the geographic center, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower). 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.  The original building, known as “Trinity […]

17 Oct 2013

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

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The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (Russian: Собор Покрова пресвятой Богородицы, что на Рву) or Pokrovsky Cathedral (Russian: Покровский собор) are official names for a Russian Orthodox church in Red Square in Moscow. The church is also called the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed (Russian: Собор Василия Блаженного), anglicized as Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates […]

17 Oct 2013

Maid of the Mist

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The Maid of the Mist is a boat tour of Niagara Falls. (The actual boats used are also namedMaid of the Mist, followed by a different Roman numeral in each case.) The boat starts off at a calm part of the Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge, and takes its passengers past theAmerican and Bridal Veil Falls, then into the dense mist of spray inside the […]

17 Oct 2013

Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia  is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica(church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,  except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May […]