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St. Basil's Cathedral

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: Krasnaya Sq., 2, Moscow 109012, Russia
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+7 495 698-33-04
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10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing cathedral...

Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing cathedral bordering Red Square consists of nine separate chapels, each capped with its own individually shaped and colored dome.

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Beautiful surprise

Not sure what I expected the interior of this iconic building to be like but it felt very peaceful. We did visit in December when there weren't huge crowds traipsing through. What... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not sure what I expected the interior of this iconic building to be like but it felt very peaceful. We did visit in December when there weren't huge crowds traipsing through. What made it even more special was the two choristers singing Russian spiritual songs. It tugged at my heart.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've been inside of the Basil and it is beautiful and really rich in details I would advice to anyone to buy the tickets it really worths.

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Thank Wagner B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When touring, we didn't go inside St. Basil's. However, we did visit the Red Square once on own our, once with a tour guide, viewed it at night from a boat tour, and walked there to see it up close at night. It can be a very crowded place, but it is a great location to view the colorful domes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok you need to pay to get into the museum. It turns out it's a museum of 10 churches/chapels. A wonder for us. Breathtaking. And then male voice quartet intoning chorales in the centre chapel/spire.... just emotionally evocative. We bought the cds. Cheaper on download from iTunes! (Just) Would truly like to know if actual orthodox services are held here,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We loved this place hope to visit again not bothered whether winter or summer but with the snow on was just magical out of a Disney Movie

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stunning on the outside and very interesting on the inside. Positioned in Red Square, it is definitely worth the visit! There are also signs in English which is great!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The interior of this church is far from your idea about cathedral. Inside it consists of separate little chapels with narrow corridors between them. The walls are eclectic painted. They sell church music in some chapels. Seems it is not acting cathedral but tourist money object.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visiting the cathedral was a dream of mine as I have always seen this iconic Church in many movies and postcards. I found the tour very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Possible waiting in the line. English information are provided inside. If coming during the Christmas time a fee is 350 rubles for adults. Great religious monument, must see

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exterior is spectacular, but as you get close and see the red is just brick it's surprising (having seen the Church of Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg I expected spectacular detail). I was underwhelmed by the interior as it's broken into several small spaces, so the details in the icons are lovely, but the space itself is very cramped... More 

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