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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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  • Inside is a lot smaller than I expected, but evening view, during a snowfall, tells us why it is a symbol of the city. Not to be missed
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  • The gem of the red square. You can make a tour inside, without finding anything about that, but the low price allows. But the Interior can never match the splendour that can be seen externally from the square!
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  • Uniquely to visit! Icons, frescoes, chains, Basil. 16vek the word! Large discount for presentation!
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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.