Figure 1. Moscow, Russia Commonly known as St. Basil's Cathedral, the Pokrovsky Cathedral was built from 1555 to 1560. The cathedral is actually a collection of 9 churches which were built side-by-side. St. Basil's is considered by many to be the most recognizable piece of architecture in Russia, and around the world. Spassky Tower, part of the Kremlin Wall can be seen to the left of the Cathedral. Summer 1990.