Moscow

Sightseeing

St. Basil's Cathedral

Standing magnificent at the head of Red Square is St. Basil's Cathedral. Russia's most recognisable building was built in 1561 to celebrate Ivan the Terrible's crucial defeat of the Khan of Kazan, a victory which secured Moscow's position as the region's dominant city. While the view from outside is spectacular and rightly famed, it is certainly also worth a visit inside. Visitors used to the vast open spaces of Western European cathedrals will be shocked to find a stone warren of small, intimate chapels, each decorated with countless icons and engravings and soaring in one direction only: upwards, to the height of the onion domes above. Russia's history is all about a country being simultaneously tugged towards the west and the east. A visit inside St Basil's gives an invaluable lesson on the importance and undoubted attractions of the latter.

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November 8 - April 30: 11:00 - 17:00, daily;
May 1 - May 31: 11:00 - 18:00, daily;
June 1 - August 24: 10:00 - 19:00, Closed Wed;
Audust 25 - September 3: 10:00 - 16:00, Closed Wed;
September 4 - November 7: 11:00 - 18:00, daily.

Closed first Wed of the month.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 500Rbl for adults and 150Rbl for children/students.
During worship service (every Sunday) entrance is free.

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Over a year ago
Hellen Scover
u.s.a. nevada,
I think that st. basils cathedral is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool!!!!
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