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St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

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The symbol of Moscow for over four centuries, centrally located St. 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. Use our Moscow itinerary planner to add St. Basil's Cathedral and other attractions to your Moscow vacation plans.
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  • same as red square. If you're out there, you can't help get closer and see how beautiful that is, its colors and its peculiar shape. A true icon.
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  • Pokrovsky Cathedral (Cathedral of Basil blessed) really masterpiece! This Cathedral is the heart of old Moscow. Only in it I realized how great is the Moscow-was, is and will be the capital! I love Peter, a lot of times it happened, every time admiring the beauty and Imperial bombast. Peter-my love. But my heart is in his native Moscow! And this I again realized in intersession: unusually tender spirituality, history of Russia and its strength and Majesty! Of course, much restored, and it shows, but otherwise save for posterity? 10 churches in the same Cathedral! And in each of them serve God! Here is the Holiness! That's the power of Russian man! The photo does not spread. THIS IS A MUST SEE WITH YOUR OWN EYES
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  • My husband and I enjoyed this visit to Moscow. We took our trip with Gate 1, so all hotels and excursions were planned by them. The trip, also, offered several optional tours. 
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  • It looks increadibally colorfull and vibrant, i would defiently visit it in the near future
  • Fantastic, and well worth a visit both inside and outside. I may be slightly biased as I've wanted to see this place in person since I was 9, but wow, it was amazing. Photos do not do St. Basil's justice, the artworks and icons should really be seen first hand. Admission for adults was 350 roubles when I went (August 2016). It's open every day until 7pm, and looks magical in the sunset, so I'd recommend visiting later in the evening (you'll also avoid a lot of the crowds then). The steps up to the second floor are very steep and narrow, so maybe not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. Photography is allowed inside, but they do ask you to switch flashes off.
  • An amazing experience to say the least , make sure all your batteries are charged on the cameras. I recommend getting there when the gates open that way you can have clear pictures of the buildings without people walking around everywhere. Red Square gets extremely packed, try to order tickets the day prior to the event or get there early to buy the tickets. Russia was an amazing experience and very easy to get around.
  • A must-see in Moscow! It looks GORGEOUS! A unique cathedral in the world, I takes lots of pictures. The domes on the top are so colorful and cute. Love it.
  • You don't have to enter the basil, just enjoy the stunning view.