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Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor)

Borovitskaya ulitsa, Cathedral Square | Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
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Ranked #67 of 1,382 attractions in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Owner description: Once used for coronations, this Cathedral Square church is notable for its five golden domes and numerous windows, and contains the wooden coronation... more » Owner description: Once used for coronations, this Cathedral Square church is notable for its five golden domes and numerous windows, and contains the wooden coronation throne built for Ivan the Terrible. « less
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The site of multiple coronations and the resting place of many russian Tsars and patriarchs is a must see site when you visit the kremlin. The Iconostasis are just amazing and along with the frescoes interior is a unique place to visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

One of the cathedrals within the walls of the Kremlin, this one is steeped in history. As with other Russian cathedrals, my preference is the exterior view, as the interiors are less cultured than the classic Roman cathedral. This one is great towards sunset when the crowds have disappeared.

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Ankara, Turkey
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50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

It is a well preserved cathadral. But I really recommend to read about the cathedral in advance. Our guide, even was paid 1550 rubles per person, was not that good at all.I really do not recommend a guide to go into the Kremlin Palace. Spend an hour in the internet, take a few notes, you will enoy much much better.... More

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San Francisco, California
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I found this cathedral to be quite intriguing for several reasons. First, it is the place where princes and tsars were crowned, including the coronation of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, in 1896. We were told that the coronation lasted 8 hours and everyone was required to stand throughout the ceremony. Royal births and royal weddings also took place here,... More

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Cathedral of the Assumption is the oldest and most important church in the Kremlin. The massive structure has a grey limestone facade and is crowned with 5 cupolas. The inside of the cathedral is richly adorned and is impressively beautiful. The crowds though can sometimes get overbearding - even then a look inside is a must. The cathedral though... More

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Roman Catholics are in communion with Russian Orthodox but sometimes celebrating the Catholic rites are less strange in a country that doesn't generally speak in French or Latin. I found that the Cathedral was a bit of the familiarity of home. Its lovely exterior and classic cathedral interior, were not even as wonderful as the Russians there in adoration, saying... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you visit the Kremlin then you won't miss it. Fantastic a one word that summarize the visit. The Russian arts galleries is unique.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Cathedral is very nice. Funny how you always have to crowd through one small door. We visited on Saturday morning and that is the day of the week that there is a ceremonial performance, with a marching band, which was quite impressive to see.

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Moscow
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

You might not know that churches in Russia require that everyone stand - only the very few royal families could be seated. The walls are richly decorated with tapestries and 'carpets' or wall-coverings. Tables with rich ornamentation of jugs, plates, chalices and the like are dotted round the walls. The thinking behind thais form of worship, according to the historians,... More

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Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We visited as part of a visit to the Kremlin and gardens. The church is beautiful, with murals from floor to ceiling. The doors around the church and courtyard are impressive in size and artwork.

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