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Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

#2 of 357 in Historic Sites in Moscow
Must see · Church · Tourist Spot
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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • The setting inside is even more extraodinarily beautiful than the exterior. This is not one single church but a mosaic of individual chapels all uniquely decorated and linking one into the other. A dozen dramatic spaces steeped in orthodox imagery and richly textured walls connect together through narrow corridors like the intimate setting of a fantasy novel. This site must be experienced to be believed.
  • The cathedral Vasily The Blessed (the catedral of St basilica), which is generally known as the Cathedral of St Basil, is an Orthodox church on the Red Square, and is one of the most prominent cultural landmarks in Russia. It was built between 1555-161 and commemorates the conquest of Kazan and Astrakhan on orders by Ivan the Terrible. The original structure, known as the Church of the Trinity, and later as the Cathedral of the Trinity, consisted of 8 Chapels grouped around the ninth central Chapel of intercession. It consists of two buildings.

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