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Uspensky Cathedral, Moscow

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Admire the combination of Renaissance art with Russian traditions on your visit to Uspensky Cathedral, the Russian Orthodox church regarded as the mother church of Muscovite Russia. Constructed by the Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti between 1475-79, the cathedral is the burial place for most of the Moscow metropolitans and patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. From 1547 to 1896 it was the site of the coronation of the Russian monarch, including that of the first tsar, Ivan the Terrible, in 1547. The cathedral has five domes, symbolic of Jesus Christ and the four Evangelists, and served as a template for many other churches in the region. Don't miss Andrei Rublyev's 1408 frescoes, considered some of his finest work. Entry to the church and services is free, but photography is not permitted inside. As with most churches in the country, there is no seating available, since everyone stands during services. Plan to visit Uspensky Cathedral during your Moscow vacation using our convenient Moscow day trip planner.
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  • Out of 4 churches inside the Kremlin walls, the Uspensky Cathedral is the most important and beautiful one. It was the first to be built on the site in 15c, and from that era served as the coronation....  more
    Out of 4 churches inside the Kremlin walls, the Uspensky Cathedral is the most important and beautiful one. It was the first to be built on the site in 15c, and from that era served as the coronation....  more »
  • My husband and I were so impressed when we entered this cathedral. It was his first time in Russia and first Russian cathedral. I am Russian and yet I was stunned as if it was completely new to me... 
    My husband and I were so impressed when we entered this cathedral. It was his first time in Russia and first Russian cathedral. I am Russian and yet I was stunned as if it was completely new to me...  more »
  • Another fabulous church at the Kremlin. Gorgeous inside, no photography. Plenty to see, it is free entry so gets quite busy, worth it though. 
    Another fabulous church at the Kremlin. Gorgeous inside, no photography. Plenty to see, it is free entry so gets quite busy, worth it though.  more »
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  • Dormition Cathedral or Assumption Cathedral in Moscow Visited on 6/10/2019 The Assumption Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox church dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. More t
  • Inside the churches of Kremlin!! Don't miss any opportunity to visit all of them!! Every one of them is a master piece!!!
  • The Cathedral of the Assumption (Dormition Cathedral) is the crown jewel of the collection of churches at Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. This is a beautiful building that is considered the mother of all churches in Moscow. Originally constructed in the early 14th century, the church you see today was built near the end of the 15th century by Ivan the Great, who fancied a more imposing and decorative church to demonstrate the growing power of the nation. The church features five large golden domes topped with crosses and typical exterior architecture to what you will see of the other church buildings within the Kremlin. What you see within Dormition Cathedral is quite impressive. The large interior features columns, walls and high ceiling adorned with decorative frescos. There are historic chandeliers, paintings of icons, thrones and other interesting things to see. The interior is completely covered with seemingly not an inch of empty space, giving your eyes plenty to enjoy. Note: There are information sheets in multiple languages that you can use during your visit to the church. This is very useful for identifying the highlights and many interesting things to see in the Cathedral of the Assumption. Overall, we found the Cathedral of the Assumption to be the most interesting attraction of the Kremlin. Queues can be a bit long to enter and it can be crowded inside, but all for good reason. If your time is limited for the Kremlin, do prioritise your visit to include time here.
  • The Assumption Cathedral is the oldest of the three cathedrals that make up the Cathedral Square. It was built between 1475-1479 by the Italian architect Aristotle Fioravandi. Prior to moving the capital to St. Petersburg, it was the personal church of the Grand Dukes and the Tsars. Then it remained as the place of refuge for kings and emperors. The temple suffered many disasters from fires and invasions between the 16th and 19th centuries, but they were always corrected. Today the cathedral is one of the most popular sights in the Kremlin. Of particular interest are the frescoes, the iconostasis, with images from the 12th century and the "Throne of the Gladiator", which was elaborately carved in 1551 for Tsar Ivan II. In the Cathedral of the Assumption, there are tombs of almost all patriarchs until the early 18th century.
  • So beautiful. Definitely worth stopping by in a tour of the Kremlin, which is right by the red square anyways so total tourist spot.

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