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Uspensky Cathedral, Moscow

#12 of 357 in Historic Sites in Moscow
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Admire the combination of Renaissance art with Russian traditions on your visit to Uspensky Cathedral, the Russian Orthodox church regarded as the mother church of Muscovite Russia. Constructed by the Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti between 1475-79, the cathedral is the burial place for most of the Moscow metropolitans and patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. From 1547 to 1896 it was the site of the coronation of the Russian monarch, including that of the first tsar, Ivan the Terrible, in 1547. The cathedral has five domes, symbolic of Jesus Christ and the four Evangelists, and served as a template for many other churches in the region. Don't miss Andrei Rublyev's 1408 frescoes, considered some of his finest work. Entry to the church and services is free, but photography is not permitted inside. As with most churches in the country, there is no seating available, since everyone stands during services. Plan to visit Uspensky Cathedral during your Moscow vacation using our convenient Moscow day trip planner.
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  • Out of 4 churches inside the Kremlin walls, the Uspensky Cathedral is the most important and beautiful one. It was the first to be built on the site in 15c, and from that era served as the coronation....  more »
  • My husband and I were so impressed when we entered this cathedral. It was his first time in Russia and first Russian cathedral. I am Russian and yet I was stunned as if it was completely new to me...  more »
  • So beautiful. Definitely worth stopping by in a tour of the Kremlin, which is right by the red square anyways so total tourist spot.
  • Big crowds especially of organised groups but very historical all the same

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