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St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • The most beautiful church I've ever seen, amazing architecture, it seems those treats that we put on the cake so beautiful! I went through it several times all over the place is charming, has always like taking a different photo, inside was not as I expected, but worth visiting.
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  • How can you not visit St Basil? It was funky inside since it is several little churches put together. Enjoyed Church of Spilt Blood in St Petersburg more though... 
  • We visited St. Basil's several times and the third time it was amazing. The first time, the cathedral was not fully accessible as there was a festival and portions around the cathedral were partitione...  read more »
  • This is the best cathedral I have seen. Is So great. More beautiful in real life than when you see it on photos.
  • It's beauty as seen in photos are not match for when your see it in person. There interior is very interesting and very surprising too! This is iconic building is a MUST.
  • This cathedral was built almost 500 years ago. As there was a lot of fires, it's been reconstructed several times. So you can see different periods of Russian history and architecture in one cathedral. This place is absolutely unique and gorgeous!
  • Simply beautiful! Inside is also cool to see, looked very different than what I expected!
  • Amazing ! And definitely worth seeing the inside for 300 rubles. And there was a beautiful choir group singing inside too.
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