Ivan the Terrible originally had the idea to build eight separate churches, each individual church celebrating a separate feast day. But this didn't work, so instead, Ivan IV decided to change his plan. He sought out Postnik Yakovlev, a Russian architect, in order to form a modern church for the Russians. The blueprints for the St. Basil’s Cathedral had originated in 1555, and the actual building of the church lasted until after Ivan's death, in 1561. The church remains a Russian icon.