St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most interesting and beautiful sights of the Russian capital. It was built in the 16th century by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The cathedral was built in the period from 1555 to 1561 in memory of the capture of the fortress city of Kazan by Tsar Ivan Vasilyevich. There are many versions of who was the true creator of this architectural monument. The first of them is the architect Postnik Yakovlev nicknamed Barma. He was a well-known Pskov master at that time. There is also a version that the cathedral was erected by some unknown Western European master, presumably from Italy. The unique style in which the Cathedral was created harmoniously combined the traditions of Russian and European architecture.
There is also a legend according to which all the architects who worked on the project were blinded by Ivan the Terrible. He didn’t want them to build something similar again. But there is one problem. If the author of the temple is Postnik Yakovlev, then he could not be blinded in any way. Just a few years later, he also worked on the creation of the Kremlin in Kazan.