Iconx Model of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow
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Iconx: St. Basil's Cathedral

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Ivan Wasn't All Terrible


If you think Metal Earth models are just too small, or if you want even more realism, Iconx was made for you. Their larger size can accommodate even more laser-etched detail on 4" x 8" (10.16 x 20.32 cm) metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions.  

St Basil Cathedral is a moderately challenging Iconx model. It consists of about 74 pieces on two sheets of metal. Ivan the Terrible commissioned St Basil Cathedral to commemorate his military victories. Assembled, it measures 3.5"H x 2.6" x 3.5".

Please note that Iconx models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Recommended for ages 14+.


 Are you curious...?

Ivan the Terrible ordered construction of the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (officially the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, St Basil's bears a lot of names due to its component parts) to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. From 1555-61, workers transformed a busy market square with one Church of the Trinity into eight small wooden churches surrounding a ninth church of Intercession, and finally raised a new stone cathedral on the site of the old Trinity Church. A 10th church was erected in 1588 over the grave of beloved local saint Vasily (or Basil, whence the common name). The architecture was supposed to resemble a bonfire to heaven and had no precedent in Russian tradition.

The officially atheistic Soviet Union confiscated the church from Russian Orthodoxy and turned it into a museum in 1928. It was formally secularized in 1929 and remains the property of the Russian Federation to this day.

Don't confuse Vasily with the Catholic Saint Basil the Great. Basil the Blessed was a local "holy fool" who was born on the portico of a local church near Moscow to serfs named Jacob and Anna in 1468 or 69. He is believed to have died in 1552, or maybe 1557, and was buried under the Trinity Church. Originally trained as a shoemaker, Vasily became a Robin Hood type who shoplifted and gave to the poor to shame the wealthy. He went about naked and weighed down with chains. He rebuked Ivan the Terrible for not paying attention in church and for his violence toward the innocent. Being a "holy fool" gets you a pass, though, and Ivan actually served as Basil's pallbearer. Basil was canonized around 1580. 

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