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. Using our online itinerary creator, Moscow attractions like St. Basil's Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Cathedral on the red square. Everywhere you look but are a bit distracting, are very clean and fully enjoyed. Fantastic hymns.
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  • Sacred place. Having visited there, find grace of God and peace. Very nice Temple majestic and austere. Would love to visit there at any celebration.
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  • We had the surprise to find within it a wonderful choir format by three cantors. We were all delighted by their prowess and by the magical atmosphere that had created!
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  • Looks spectacular in day and even more so at night. The bright colours draw your attention and the imposing structure is awe inspiring. It's a museum now and has en entry fee. We didn't go inside. We visited in Mar and it was still snowing on and off so the snow covered spires only add to its visual appeal. At the risk of sounding like a cliché, its a Must Visit.
  • The Cathedral is one of the most photogenic pictures in the world, and the first photo I remember seeing as a child. This iconic Cathedral holds beauty throughout the nights and seasons, and is a must see.
  • The building is now a museum and it was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. This is the most emblematic building in the whole country. The identity of the architect that designed this unique church is unknown.
  • Great from outside and inside. Amazing view. The tickets for the inside museums are a bit expensive and not worth it in my opinion.
  • Do you wanna know a little about Russian religious and political history? This is a place to go. Not only it's marvelous to look at, but inside you will have the chance to see artifacts dating many past centuries that constitute the history of the place. It's well preserved for its age and I was treated very well by people inside. There are no guides, so just be free to walk around and read taking your time. It's hard to get lost inside, but be careful not to fall down large steps.
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