Saint Basil's Cathedral

Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

Saint Basil's Cathedral
4.5
10:00 - 19:00
Monday
10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 19:00
Friday
10:00 - 19:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
About
Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing cathedral bordering Red Square consists of nine separate chapels, each capped with its own individually shaped and colored dome.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Tverskoy
How to get there
  • Ploshchad Revolyutsii • 6 min walk
  • Kurskaya • 6 min walk
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4.5
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444
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56
Terrible
25

Paul034
Walton-On-Thames, UK178 contributions
You must see this place!
Jul 2021 • Solo
This is an absolute must-see on any visit to Moscow. Situated right on Red Square, it’s a fantastic building, it’s one cathedral but made up of around a dozen individual chapels which are each dedicated to a different saint or historical event. Entry cost is 1,000 RUR. There was a male voice choir singing in there whilst I walked round, the acoustics are amazing. Very atmospheric. Enjoy!
Written 1 August 2021
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chrisv5101
Bristol, UK203 contributions
Worth a visit combined with Lenins tomb and Red Square.
Aug 2020
Its a long time since I visited the cathedral but I remember it well.The Dorling kindersley guide to moscow had not been published then,which would have been useful as it does a cut away view of the interior.,I only had a very basic guide and the interior was confusing to say the least.I understand that it is 8 chapels built around a central are,but I felt claustrobic with all the little connecting pasages.Hopefully it is easier and clearer to visit now.Still well worth visiting.
Written 16 July 2021
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Julia K
Santa Clara, CA58 contributions
Absolutely amazing experience!
Jul 2020
Absolutely amazing experience! Strongly recommend visiting Moscow and especially the Red Square to see the Cathedral!
Written 10 June 2021
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Irina J
Moscow, Russia2 contributions
Gingerbread house
May 2021
Highly likely outside view of the Cathidral will impress you more than inside as it looks like magic Disney castle - very photogenic. Inside it looks much more simple if you compare to cathedral of christ the saviour, but unlike the cathedral of christ the saviour all inside are ancient, you can feel the history.
Written 13 May 2021
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Ivana I
2 contributions
One and only - Saint Basil's Cathedral!
May 2021
Magnificent Moscow! Every time a great travel experience thanks to @Aeroflot! The city is getting younger and more beautiful. Looking forward to the next visit!
Written 13 May 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Moscow symbol
Apr 2021
This world famous Cathedral is definitely the most photographed edifice in Russian capital, as well a symbol and a main landmark.
It stands on the Red Sq across the main entry tower to Kremlin. The Church was built in the middle of the 16c on Ivan the Terrible orders to glorify his conquest of Kazan (todays Tatarstan Republic of Russia).
The exterior is absolutely amazing and unique. It consist of 8 separate small Churches/chapels each with a different color onion dome, gathered around the central big one. According to a legend Ivan the Terrible blinded the constructor after the completion in order never to built such a beauty again.
However, the interior I didn't find so beautiful - it's rather a maze of twisted narrow corridors and small sacred rooms, therefore I reduced one star.
Written 7 May 2021
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Stratosphere
London, UK131 contributions
The heart of city
Sep 2020 • Business
Of course this place is the heart of Moscow city. It is very impressive place and it should be visited if you are in moscow
Written 5 May 2021
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Paul B
Moscow, Russia297 contributions
Fascinating and Unexpected
Feb 2021
Everyone recognises the outside of the Cathedral, but inside it's a warren of corridors, small rooms on many floors and religious artifacts. Most of the information is in English as well as Russian, and there are audio tours available. There are many rooms to visit with numerous paintings and artifacts from centuries ago. There's also a small gift shop.
Written 16 February 2021
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Zestitude
Moscow, Russia22 contributions
A piece of art !
Sep 2020
This place is one of the most amazing I saw in my life. The colors are charming, the history is fascinating and the location on the red square is amazing.
Written 11 February 2021
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Bishoy Fayez
Hurghada, Egypt133 contributions
It’s really beautiful
Feb 2021 • Couples
I went there for walking it was a great time
And we have a great picture and enjoying our time all is well and snow was very good
Written 4 February 2021
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