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View of the dark outlines of the towers and domes of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral at sunset.

"No sight in Russia is more spectacular than one's first glimpse of St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, [seen here in 1956]. Although not situated within the Kremlin walls, its historic and emotional connection with the Kremlin and Tzarist history has been so direct that it must be considered as an integral part of the fortress. It was built . . . between 1553-1560, on orders of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his victories over the Tartars at Kazan (1552) and Astrakhan (1556)." The Kremlin, p. 161.