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St. Basil's Cathedral

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Address: Krasnaya Sq., 2, Moscow 109012, Russia
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Need to visit twice

This is one the places which you have to visit and photograph twice to get the contrasting scenes. Firstly, visit during the day, take in the scale of the Cathedral and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one the places which you have to visit and photograph twice to get the contrasting scenes. Firstly, visit during the day, take in the scale of the Cathedral and the surrounding Kremlin and Red Square making sure you go all around the Cathedral finishing in the GUM shopping centre for some Russian Ice Cream or to experience the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The historical St Basil Cathedral is worth a visit at least from the outside it is truly a fairy tale architectural. It stands in stark contrast to the Kremlin and Red Square which are next door. To one side there is a round walled well, which I understand in medical time was an execution location Across from the Kremlin is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the most beautiful building in Moscow. Only rivaled by church of spilled blood of Christ in st Peterburg. If you are in MOSCOW you have to see the orthodox Christian church which looks like a candy palace out of fairytails.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would recommend going with a guide or on one of the free walking tours. It was fascinating to learn that the cathedral is actually nine different churches and an additional one for Basil for whom the cathedral is commonly named after.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most beautiful church and construction i have seen !!!! Beautiful in colour and design. Quite unique i must say. A place that you must visit not just to take photos outside but to visit inside too. It is on the Red Square so you will have a chance to visit many other interesting places too 🎈 go for it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a must - a part of education the whole place is stunning. A compulsory place to visit to feel to see. The Russian story is just great - go visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The church is gorgeous, from the outside and inside. Each room has a different decoration and one could spend hours admiring each detail. Worth visiting it. Some steps are hard to walk on, if you have mobility limitations.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the world's most iconic and recognizable buildings. More colourfull and surreal in person than on any television screen, with the Kremlin just behind you. If you are visiting Moscow then simply this is a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit - the inside is a group of small chapels - it is not a cathedral in the sense of NYC's St. Patrick's or Rome's Basilica San Pietro, but the Slavic art and the history of it are worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I do not have much more to add than others that have posted, other than recommend you buy a ticket and go inside! It is worth it. Nicely done. This is a mu seam is really not for kids but excellent collection of historical pieces they assembled. I highly recommend it1

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This small yet important neighbourhood is full of state institutions and offices. To understand where modern Russia began, go to the Kremlin and State Historical Museum on Red Square. After satisfying your historical curiosities, indulge in modern pleasures at GUM Department Store - not just for the sake of shopping but for the sake of architectural pleasure as well.
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