Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (St Basil’s Cathedral) is one of the most-known and popular monuments of the old-Russian architecture. The cathedral was built from in 1555–1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan. The cathedral has many altars and is dedicated to the Theotokos. It reflects the image of the Holy City of Jerusalem. In 1923, a museum of history and architecture was created within the cathedral later becoming a part of the State Historical Museum. The cathedral was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square complex in 1990. It has been used jointly with the Russian Orthodox Church since 1991.
The envelope is issued within the framework of the cooperation agreement between the Federal Communications Agency and the Government of Moscow and is dedicated to the 455th anniversary of the St Basil’s Cathedral foundation.
The envelope bears an image of the St Basil’s Cathedral. Design by N. Karpova. The print-run is 1,000,000 copies.
The artistic stamped envelopes will be available in all post offices, and Russian citizens will be able to use them to send their mails within Russia.