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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  • August 19, 2017
    St Basils is as beautiful as any picture postcard you have seen. Living in Moscow I have seen the Cathedral so many times, either during visits to Red Square or while driving around the city. It never...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful on the outside and will be your most memorable photo standing in front of St Basil's for your photo album. In my opinion, the interior is not beautiful or that interesting unless ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    What beautiful tourist site. The pictures, the architecture and the history of the place are worth knowing. Admission is 500 rubles, which are approximately €7.00
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  • August 3, 2017
    Most famous landmark of Russia. Cathedral is in the red square and next to the Kremlin palace. Smaller than I expected but looks amazing. Inside is dark and not as shiny as I expected. But if you have money and time don't miss.
  • July 30, 2017
    The must and the best of Moscow and even Russia! If you want you to get the idea of: Russian Orthodox, Russian Churches, Russia of the Medieval Ages during the times of Ivan The Terrible - this is the best and perfect place. One of the only churches in Russia where you can take pictures inside and also listen to the orthodox choir (live).
  • June 25, 2017
    Very nice church from the outside. Russia is identified by this structure. Centrally located in Red square, it has great prominence in the history of Moscow. A must visit.
  • July 20, 2017
    One of the most beautiful structures ever built! Not that big as you can assume, but really one of a kind.
  • April 20, 2017
    Great place for nice photos with the cathedral in the background. Place closes at 5pm. Ticket booth closes much earlier. Was there at 4 and we were about the last ones to be let in. With the setting sun and decreasing tourist numbers visiting at this hour, its much easier to get nice a photo opportunity

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