Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor), Moscow

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Admire the combination of Renaissance art with Russian traditions on your visit to Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor), the Russian Orthodox church regarded as the mother church of Muscovite Russia. Constructed by the Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti between 1475-79, the cathedral is the burial place for most of the Moscow metropolitans and patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. From 1547 to 1896 it was the site of the coronation of the Russian monarch, including that of the first tsar, Ivan the Terrible, in 1547. The cathedral has five domes, symbolic of Jesus Christ and the four Evangelists, and served as a template for many other churches in the region. Don't miss Andrei Rublyev's 1408 frescoes, considered some of his finest work. Entry to the church and services is free, but photography is not permitted inside. As with most churches in the country, there is no seating available, since everyone stands during services. Put Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor) and other Moscow attractions into our Moscow vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is another cathedral with the onion domes, this time inside the Kremlin. It's worth going inside for a look around, quite amazing frescos. I think your kremlin ticket allows you in.  more »
  • Located within the Cathedral Square inside the Kremlin, this historic Cathedral was the site of the coronation of the Tsars. A simple exterior belies the very colourful interior. A simple visitors gui...  more »
  • I did a lot of walking in Moscow but lingered quite a while inside this cathedral. Every inch of the inside surfaces are fantastic to look at, with a lot of history. There are multi-language booklets ...  more »

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