The view from inside St. Basil’s Cathedral of Red Square.
Today before I taught my evening workshops my hosts took me to see the Kremlin and its many museums and cathedrals. The Kremlin is a citadel with walls that enclose old Moscow and the vented ring of the city. It is where the President of the Russian Federation stays and it surrounds the Red Square where Lenin’s body is encased for viewing and you can see many famous cathedrals and impressive museums. I love icons and here I saw many Russian Orthodox Church icons, encased in gold. In the armoury chamber museum I could not take pictures but I saw some of the most fascinating historical earthly things I have ever seen in my life: jewels, clothing, carriages, icons, place settings, crowns, thrones, knight’s armour and gilded weapons. The carriages I saw looked like the one Cinderella rode away in with here prince only more richly ornamented. I saw a Bible encased in gold and jewels from the 5th century. The largest emeralds I’ve ever seen decorated the gold crowns of the icons.
Men in black with secret service earbuds shaking hands. Nearby the Church of the Twelve Apostles (1656)
The Church of the Deposition of the Robe (1488)
Putin works here. There were many guards looking nonchalant nearby. I came home (the hotel becomes home on the road) later to realize that perhaps there was a lot of activity here today with all of the confusion and upheaval in Syria. The UN will try to pass a bill that enforces sanctions and the Kremlin will be no doubt on duty as they either continue to resist this with China or change their position based on recent events. I didn’t know when I was at this building today that the world was watching Syria and that high officials here were no doubt watching too but I could feel some excitement. Perhaps this excitement is always present.
Stylin at the Kremlin.
Kazan Cathedral -this one is a reconstruction because the first one was razed in the 1930s by the Soviet Union to make room for heavy military vehicles driving through the square.
In my efforts not to stand out too much as a gawking, picture-snapping tourist all my quickly shot photos manage to have a ..unique.. horizon line.
St. Basil’s Cathedral (1561) -one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. Up there with the Taj and Vatican in my dreams come true.
Legend has it the architect was blinded at the orders of Ivan the Terrible after he built this cathedral so there could be nothing as beautiful built again (the architect did in fact build again)
Inside St. Basil’s. Russian orthodox icons.
In front of this altar we listened to a live chorus of 5 men singing traditional orthodox church music. It was so beautiful.
Pushkin the very famous and revered Russian poet was married here.
Poster for my workshops. Not nearly as impressive but a novelty for me. I have learned how to read Russian characters. It says “Tribal Fusion Intensive” -every time I discover I can understand something written in Russian it is very exciting for me.