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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  • Even with some restoration works going on, the visit to this magnificent church is a must. Whereas other orthodox churches have very limited space inside for people, this cathedral is very spacious so...  more »
  • A very impressive piece of art inside Kremiln. A must see. We arrived before 9:00 am. It was very important because after 9h, the tourists arrived and lined up in a huge queue.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful and very colourful architecture. A gorgeous chatedral in the heart of the amazing red square in Moscow. This is a must visit. Clearly one of the most popular and iconic attractions of Moscow. Very beautiful in snow as well. I only saw it from outside but for me it's the most beautiful cathedral I've ever seen. Loved the colours.
  • Red square looks gigantic and amazing place to take pictures. However, the cathedral from inside is more of a museum and could have easily been skipped. Better cathedrals in St Petersburg and even in Moscow.
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