Friday, March 11, 2011
Name your favourite building: Mine's in Moscow
Looking through my pictures of Tunisia recently got me thinking about architecture. I'm certainly no educated architect and don't even have much appreciation of different building styles (but I do have a construction engineer for a husband so I've always got someone to ask when I want to know!). I'm not sure whether it's in spite of my lack of knowledge or because of it (I suspect the latter) that my absolute favourite building in the whole world is St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
I guess it's a kind of child's dream of a building - perhaps I like it because I imagine it's something I could draw, because it's so random and hilarious that you don't need to be too precise about it. Apparently its shape is meant to reflect a bonfire, and the colours are typical of Russian interests in the 17th and 18th centuries. All I know is that it's the kind of building you could gaze at for hours and still see new things - and it's fascinating inside as well. Standing on the otherwise sombre Red Square, you can't help but turn to observe St Basil's at any spare moment.
Do you have favourite building, whether or not you've had the chance to visit it? Do tell me about it in the comments.