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Candy cane colored onion domes of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia - sits on the famous Red Square and is one of the most recognized landmarks of Moscow. Saint Basil's was ordered built by Ivan the Terrible in the mid-1500s to celebrate a major victory over the Mongols. Ivan was said to have blinded the cathedral architects so that they could never repeat this design. Most scholars agree that this is a folklore myth. Still makes a great story. (photos taken September 2012)
I just finished reading Daniel Silva's newest spy novel, The English Girl. It's set in Corsica, London and Moscow. And, as I was reading, realized that I had just seen many of the places that was the scene of the Moscow action in this novel. I love it when that happens--just makes the book so real. Here are a few scenes from the novel:
Clockwise: Saint Basil and tourist heads(!), church walls ornately painted, closeup of onion domes, GUM Department store beside Red Square and scene of one of Silva's spy capers, Red Square where one of the book's spy operations began, soldier statue in honor of Ivan the Terrible's Mongol victory
Clockwise: Cover of book The English Girl; bridge over the Moska River lit red-white-blue of Russian Federation flag which replaced the Communist hammer and sickle; Saint Basil's at night; history museum on Red Square; Russian "White House"; Red October Chocolate Factory on Moska River at night
BTW, if you like spy novels, highly recommend The English Girl. I'm planning on traveling with Silva and his main character Israeli agent Gabriel Allon to some other locations like Venice and Amsterdam based on this book!
Linking to InSPIREd Sunday and Mosaic Monday .