Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

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The symbol of Moscow for over four centuries, centrally located Saint Basil's Cathedral seems like an image plucked out of a book of fairy tales. Constructed in the 1550s on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, the cathedral features vividly colored onion-shaped domes and an asymmetrical design unusual in traditional Russian architecture. Four of the eight side churches surrounding the main cathedral structure sit on raised platforms, designed to make them appear suspended in air. The massive structure contains a maze of vaulted corridors and vertical cylinders, the largest of which is 46 m (150 ft) tall. Walk inside to see the elaborate Baroque iconostasis, decorated with gilded cornices and corbel arches. Using our online itinerary creator, Moscow attractions like Saint Basil's Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's an icon of Russioa and a must visit monument. Tickets online are nice option because avoid lines. Inside it's a surprise.  more »
  • A delight was being able to photograph each chapel as there weren’t many tourists. One of the many advantages of December travels. Colours are vivid, camera does not have capability to capture them...  more »
  • This is not a cathedral like any other. If you are in Moscow you should pay a visit. Unusual and great history.  more »
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  • What an imposing building this is. Not as big as some Western European cathedrals but the color and the architecture on St. Basil's certainly gives it the wow factor. So colorful and vibrant. We woke up early to see it in the sunrise, it was perfect! I definitely recommend going as early as possible to avoid the crowds and get the best pictures. Not to be missed!
  • Another one you were already going to do... But you absolutely should. I recommend checking the opening time (it changes depending on season) and making sure you're there half an hour before as the lines get very long. It is a bit cramped inside and moving around can be difficult with so many other people, so be patient and enjoy the wonderful cathedral.
  • The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Russian: собо́р Васи́лия Блаже́нного, Sobor Vasiliya Blazhennogo), commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia and is regarded as a symbol of the country. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (Собо́р Покрова́ Пресвято́й Богоро́дицы, что на Рву, Sobor Pokrova Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy, chto na Rvu) or Pokrovsky Cathedral (Покро́вский собо́р). It was built from 1555 to 1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600. The Saint Basil's Cathedral is not to be confused with the Moscow Kremlin.
  • Perhaps the most beautiful building I have ever seen with my own eyes. From the outside at least, I didn't have the chance to visit the interior. Being a complex of ten churches built next to each other it hasn't a symmetry, so from each angle you look at it it's different.
  • When you visit Moscow you know you have to visit Red Square and take a picture outside of St. Basil’s, but it really is worth visiting the inside as well and experiencing the amazing details and small “churches” that this historic building has to offer. We visited as part of a guided tour, but just touring on your own will get you a good feel for the history and majesty of it. When we visited there was also a small singing group inside the church that was beautiful to hear.
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