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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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Phone Number: +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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Gloomy inside, spectacular outside. Any visit to Russia is incomplete without seeing St. Basil and Red Square.

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Montgomery, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gloomy inside, spectacular outside. Any visit to Russia is incomplete without seeing St. Basil and Red Square.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

To be able to stand in this cathedral after seeing it so often on the news and online was truly remarkable. This building was built in the 16th century. It truly is a great place to visit. Russia has such a rich history. I'm so happy my wife and I were able to visit St Basils.

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Merton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful gorgeous to look at building. Not expensive to get in but if you find stairs difficult inside may not be for you. Historical artifacts to see and there is an audio tour Some plaques are also in English. We spent appox 30 to 45 minutes inside.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An icon of Red Square. Best place to visit. A small price to go inside. Nice... Cash only ticket entry available. Bad...

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mr.Sergy Karaoglanov arranged for us Omani delegation a visit to the Cathedral which was a great experiences and never seen such beautiful icons and gold.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can be lost in tiny rooms and stares of this unique church with mystical history. They said that Ivan the Terrible cut out architect's eyes as he didn't want him to create another building like St Basils.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though we couldn't visit inside the cathedral, it looks just fab from outside. Must visit if traveling to Moscow

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this from every part you look at it, front, back,one side, other side, it is so beautiful and colored you cannot avoit to get pcture when you're around. Always crowded

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really a lovely place. True colors, great location... one of the most beautiful buildings. Close to all other attractions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

St Basil's Cathedral is another iconic Russian building - think of Moscow and you think of the red bricks and beautifully coloured onion-domes dusted with snow. According to the tour guide, it was built by Ivan the Terrible who asked the architect if he could ever make such a beautiful building again. When the architect answered "As many as you... More 

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