The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, better known as the Cathedral of St Basil on Red Square has recently put up new sign posts not only inside the building but outside it too.
There are 10 chapels: St Basil’s, St Alexander of Svir, St Barlaam of Khoutyn, the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem, St Gregory the Illuminator of Armenia, St Cyprian and St Justina the Martyrs, St Nicholas of Velikaya River, the Life Giving Holy Trinity, the Three Patriarchs of Alexandria, and the central Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat.
St Basil’s Cathedral which is part of the complex is a UNESCO cultural heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of Russia, along with Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg and the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex in Volgograd.
There are hundreds and thousands of visitors every year.
“There are 29 sign posts at the Cathedral of the Intercession enabling visitors to easily find their way around this world famous site. The information is not only in Russian but also in English and Chinese,” a spokesperson for the State History Museum press service pointed out.
There are six sign posts at strategic points around the cathedral on Red Square. They give information about the whole area and its various places of worship, including historical facts and architectural details. There’s also a floor plan. The rest of the signs are inside the cathedral, with arrows pointing out the direction of the next place to visit and how to exit the building. As well as a souvenir shop at the entrance there’s a map and information about how to get around.
“An important condition was that nothing be placed up against any of the walls. This is why everything is free-standing,” the spokesperson added.
Somewhat earlier, two other facilities got exactly the same sort of sign posts. These were the History Museum and the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812. By the end of the year the just refurbished Chambers of the Romanov Boyars will also get new sign posts. A State History Museum mobile app with descriptions of over 5,000 exhibits will soon be available as well.