St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow. Russia.

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This easily distinguishable landmark was originally built in 1655 by Ivan The Terrible to mark the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. At the time, it was the tallest building in Moscow. Originally named Trinity Church, it was later renamed once the tenth church was constructed in 1588 over the grave of St Basil.

The buildings has been crafted around a bonfire flame, burning up to the skies. St Basil’s Cathedral is often mistaken for the Kremlin, being in close proximity to it within Red Square. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990.

Original RAW file converted in Photoshop CS5. Image of St Basil’s and image of moon blended with textures. Both images belong to me. Textures from – free use stock and some of my own.


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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asherabout 3 years ago

    Awesome texture is awesome!

  • Thanks a lot mate! Glad you like it :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261about 3 years ago

    incredible work…what an amazing sight this must be

  • Thanks mate! It’s an amazing place to visit, so many landmarks featured in Red Square, I didn’t know which way to turn first lol

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenabout 3 years ago

    beautiful work, andrew! :-) val

  • Thank you so much, Val! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowabout 3 years ago

    LOVE IT! Reminds me of Van Gough’s “Stary Night” actually!

  • Wow, that’s an awesome thing to hear! I can see the connection, now you mention it.. too cool. Thanks mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowabout 3 years ago

    As always, love the title!
    Have you heard this song?!

  • Ha, man it took me so long to come up with this title too! I was stuck on ‘cold war’ in my head, but that was so far from the feel of this one, I had to rack my brains for hours haha. I haven’t heard this tune before, but it’s so fitting! Could easily be background music to this piece. Thanks for sharing :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Isaac Marano
    Isaac Maranoabout 3 years ago

    Far out man! Nice work! If only our Australian architecture was this cool :-D

  • Thanks a lot mate! I know, we are so young as a country, almost impossible to find places like this here. Makes travelling so much more fun! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 3 years ago

    I just saw this on FB… I had to come over immediately…
    Wow…. wow… wow… it’s like a fairy tale image… or maybe it’s missing just one thing a dragon.
    That’s right.. there’s no dragons in Russia …
    You must create another photo book & this piece must be included..

  • Now that’s an awesome reaction! Thanks a lot, Maria :) There is a fairy tale feel to this one, didn’t pick up on that before.. If dragons would be hiding anywhere, it would be Russia!! haha.. Yes, this will definitely be included on the next book, end of the year is looking like a good time for that one :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 3 years ago

    Totally incredible Andrew!! Love the textures and effects!! :)

  • Thank you so much, mate! Really happy to hear it :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonabout 3 years ago

    Wow!! Wonderful!!!

  • Thanks a lot, Mieke!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaabout 3 years ago

  • That’s awesome! Thanks so much for the feature :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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