Five Seriously Awesome Places to Say a Prayer

Whether you're on your knees or on a mat, wearing Sunday's best or backpacker garb, here are five amazing places around the world to get your prayer on.
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St. Basil's Cathedral at moonrise, Moscow, Russia
St. Basil's Cathedral at moonrise, Moscow, Russia  (Grant Faint/Photogs Choice/Getty)

St. Basil’s Cathedral
Red Square, Moscow, Russia
The official name is the “Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat,” but we simply call it St. Basil’s Cathedral. Built in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible, the cathedral was a symbol of the country’s capture of Kazan. The nine ornate “onion domes” are the lids to underlying chapels, the ninth and lastly built of which houses the tomb of St. Basil, a loved Russian Orthodox saint, or yurodivy, a “holy fool for Christ.” Legend has it that aptly named Ivan the Terrible insisted that the architect responsible for the creation had his eyes removed to ensure he never out-built the cathedral’s beauty on another structure. The cathedral is usually open to visitors every day except Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Published: 7 Feb 2013 | Last Updated: 8 Feb 2013
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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