Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

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The symbol of Moscow for over four centuries, centrally located Saint 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 Saint Basil's Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The most beautiful church in the Russian capital in the historic Red Square, close to the Kremlin etc. Worth visiting and taking pictures.  more »
  • The building itself is one of the most famed and iconic buildings in the world. It is beautiful in any light or weather, although we found it most atmospheric in the evenings and mornings. The interio...  more »
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  • The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Russian: собо́р Васи́лия Блаже́нного, Sobor Vasiliya Blazhennogo), commonly known as Saint Basil's Cathedral, is a church in Red Square in Moscow, Russia and is regarded as a symbol of the country. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat (Собо́р Покрова́ Пресвято́й Богоро́дицы, что на Рву, Sobor Pokrova Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy, chto na Rvu) or Pokrovsky Cathedral (Покро́вский собо́р). It was built from 1555 to 1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600. The Saint Basil's Cathedral is not to be confused with the Moscow Kremlin.
  • When you visit Moscow you know you have to visit Red Square and take a picture outside of St. Basil’s, but it really is worth visiting the inside as well and experiencing the amazing details and small “churches” that this historic building has to offer. We visited as part of a guided tour, but just touring on your own will get you a good feel for the history and majesty of it. When we visited there was also a small singing group inside the church that was beautiful to hear.
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