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Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor)

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Address: Borovitskaya ulitsa, Cathedral Square | Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
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Once used for coronations, this Cathedral Square church is notable for its...

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.

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Fantastic frescoes and historic icons

The Cathedral of the Assumption is a Russian Orthodox church located on the north side of Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin. It was once the most important church in Moscow... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 4, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

The Cathedral of the Assumption is a Russian Orthodox church located on the north side of Cathedral Square of the Moscow Kremlin. It was once the most important church in Moscow. The first Russian Tsar, Ivan the Terrible, was anointed here in 1547 and from 1721 all Russian Emperors were crowned here. The outside of the cathedral is very interesting,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Impressive church inside the Kremlin walls. Used to crown Czars and other state functions. Historical religious frescos on the walls and popular to visit so can be crowded. Brochures in different languages inside to show and explain what is inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

The Assumption (Dormition) Cathedral has remained the main cathedral in Russia for four hundred years. It was there the czars and emperors were crowned and the most important services took place. The interior look and feel are impossible to describe - every inch of wall and ceiling space is painted in frescos depicting saints and biblical scenes on cerulean blue... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

This five gold domed Church dominates the Cathedral Sq inside the Kremlin. This is the mother Church of the Russian Orthodox Church, the oldest and the biggest one in Kremlin. The inside when entering takes your breath away. It's immaculately decorated in frescoes and icons. At the entrance there are useful multilingual leaflets to tell you more about the Church.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a beautiful 5 domed church and is the highest point on Borovitsky Hill. For several centuries it was the main church of Russia. The interior is covered with beautiful painted walls, columns and ceilings. The day we visited it was very crowded and difficult to maneuver but still worth the effort.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

It is well worth walking inside the church with wonderful icons and beautiful murals from floor to ceiling. given it is in the Kremlin it is on the tourist trek and therefore can become quite crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Amazing church at the Cathedral square in Kremlin. Possibly the best of them all. Great interior, very richly decorated and adorned. Must see if you're entering Kremlin. At the entrance you can take very informative handout free of charge. Avaliable in many languages.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

Place where Ivan the Terrible and other Russian emperors were crowned. Lots of iconography and frescoes...nice respite...not as large as some other churches. It is one of five churches inside the Kremlin walls...after a while they all run together!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

As short as possible: The feeling is great when you look at the pictures on te walls and columns while you listen a story in the background.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

Here, in the Cathedral Square within the walls of Kremlin we saw one of the most populated with sacred buildings place. One to another range all these beautiful cathedrals ( Sobori) and among them one of the best, the Cathedral of Assumption or Cathedral of the Dormition. Russian say it, Uspensky Sobor. It is located north off the Borovitskaya ulica... More 

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