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lly named the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat, the church in Red Square
was built between 1555-1561. The cathedral used to be white and its domes were gold. The red brick and multicoloured
decorations are a more recent addition, with the current paint scheme created in 1860. The building consists of nine
chapels built on a single foundation and the interior is a maze of galleries, winding from chapel to chapel and level to
level, via narrow stairways and low arches. The walls are painted in floral and geometric patterns throughout.