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Uspensky Cathedral, Moscow

Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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.  more »
  • We joined a queue to enter this cathedral. The wit in the freezing cold was rewarded with an elaborately designed and decorated Cathedral preserved in all its glory. Must see.  more »
  • So beautiful. Definitely worth stopping by in a tour of the Kremlin, which is right by the red square anyways so total tourist spot.
  • Big crowds especially of organised groups but very historical all the same
  • 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.
  • Wonderful ensemble inside of Kremlin. Very old. History of ancient Russia.
  • Crazy deco inside but it is worth it to look inside

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