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St. Basil's Cathedral

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Krasnaya Sq., 2, Moscow 109012, Russia
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+7 495 698-33-04
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing cathedral...

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.

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Moscow iconic building

Located at the heart of the red square. Walking discordance from metro stations. Shopping mall near by Kremlin building Lenin tomb Coffee shops and souvenirs Must visit... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Located at the heart of the red square. Walking discordance from metro stations. Shopping mall near by Kremlin building Lenin tomb Coffee shops and souvenirs Must visit Good to see all year around , night or day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's good for an iconic picture. I went inside 18 years ago and it was much more degraded than it is now. They've done a fantastic job renovating it.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Surprisingly large once you are inside and a maze of smaller churches dedicated to a number of different saints. Well worth the entry fee and a must visit site if you find yourself in Moscow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even on a cold winter evening this beautiful building is breathtaking, well worth the walk over the windy red square and can be visited in evening hours as the cathedral is well lit to show its colors.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Totally unlike a UK cathedral in shape, style and content. We went ad hoc after a late lunch stopped our continuing our Moscow arranged tour. Entry and an audio guide are not expensive and well worth it. We thought the high point was the choir sinking in a chapel, a truly breathtaking experience. Give St Basil a hug!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had seen it so many times before on lots of pictures and postcards! Always wondered what was inside. Perfectly wonderful! Divided into 7 micro churches, each has its own altar and paintings everywhere! Wonderful and primordially Russian! Incredible murals of ancient Russia!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well this really sticks out in Moscow as a major land mark. It is definitely worth going to see it but try viewing it from different angles. The colours and shapes are unique from anything i have ever seen before. The history behind it is quite a story as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most mind blowing Cathedrals I've ever seen in my life. The story behind the building is just amazing!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Understandably the most recognised iconic building in Moscow. A simply outstanding structure. The unique shape of this eight sided and very colourful Cathedral is supposed to represent the flame of a bonfire rising into the sky. You might need a bit of imagination to actually see that, but regardless..it is awe inspiring to just wander around and admire it from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This cathedral is really beautiful, long lines to get in but so worth it ! We would recommend this to everybody !

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