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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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  • The most beautiful place in red square. Absolutely amazing experience! A must place to visit when in Moscow. 
    The most beautiful place in red square. Absolutely amazing experience! A must place to visit when in Moscow.  more »
  • Beautiful, a must see in Russia, the colour and architecture is amazing!! A real delight. Very well situated and easy to find. 
    Beautiful, a must see in Russia, the colour and architecture is amazing!! A real delight. Very well situated and easy to find.  more »
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  • I walked from Borovitskaya metro station on the grey line 9, skirted the Kremlin along the banks of the Moscow river before ending up at St Basil’s on the edge of Red Square. It was a truly breathtaking sight to see it in the flesh. Unfortunately I did not have an opportunity to go inside. A very special place where there are so many fascinating buildings and statues to see.
  • One of many great cathedrals in Russia. St.Basil's Cathedral is the iconic image of Red Square and rightly so. If you climb the steep stairs to the top of the central tower there is a small Nave. On the day I visited I had the good fortune to see the monks chanting a prayer which everyone stopped to listen to. The chant reverberated round the central dome and sounded magnificent. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐👍

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