St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow was built between 1555 and 1561. According to legends, Ivan the Terrible blinded its (26 BUILD) so that he could never build such a magnificent structure again.
However, these legends seem (27 TRUE). Old documents say that the same Russian architect built another cathedral in Vladimir later.
There is a deep contrast between the (28 COLOUR) exterior of the church and its modest interior.
People can see very few (29 DECORATE) and very narrow corridors inside. Several times throughout its history, the cathedral suffered (30 TERRIBLE) from fires and enemy attacks.
In one legend, Napoleon even wanted to take the church back to France with him. As he couldn’t do this, he ordered his army to destroy the church. The soldiers had already lit up the gunpowder, but a (31 MYSTERY) rain prevented the fire.