Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow

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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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  • Built by Ivan the terrible and although very interesting on the inside I actually found the exterior more impressive. Only 700 rubles to enter but quite narrow inside so I would go when it's quiet...  more »
  • Visited only the outside of the building due to lack of opportunity and I have to say I was really please with how it looked. Amazing details even if it was a bit under construction.  more »
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  • What an imposing building this is. Not as big as some Western European cathedrals but the color and the architecture on St. Basil's certainly gives it the wow factor. So colorful and vibrant. We woke up early to see it in the sunrise, it was perfect! I definitely recommend going as early as possible to avoid the crowds and get the best pictures. Not to be missed!
  • Another one you were already going to do... But you absolutely should. I recommend checking the opening time (it changes depending on season) and making sure you're there half an hour before as the lines get very long. It is a bit cramped inside and moving around can be difficult with so many other people, so be patient and enjoy the wonderful cathedral.
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