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An absolute number one must see in Moscow is the famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Make sure to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at the unique, one of a kind “ice-cream” architecture of the beautiful cathedral. Located right on the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral is easy to find.

  • Region in Russia: Moscow
  • Topic: Sightseeing, Culture, Church
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Saint Basil’s Cathedral – an absolute must see in Moscow

The most famous landmark of Moscow is the beautiful Saint Basil’s Cathedral that looks as if it came right from a fairytale. The ice-cream colored domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral are one of a kind in the whole world.This wonderfully beautiful and delicate piece of Russian architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an absolute must-see in Moscow and in the world in general. The church has no analogues in preceding, contemporary or later architectural tradition in general. To be in Moscow and to see the church is impossible as it is located right in the centre of the city, on Red Square, near the Kremlin.

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The History of the famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral

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The church that has no analogues in preceding, contemporary or later architectural tradition in general was built in 1561 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible as a mark of the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. Ironically, that is all known about this famous landmark. Nothing is known neither about the architects (only the names – Barma and Postnik), nor about the idea behind the structure. It might be that the architects built the church to do honour to Jerusalem, or to represent the old mediaeval symbol by its domes – eight-pointed star. According to another legend, after the church was completed, Ivan asked its architects – Barma and Postnik – if they could build a church more beautiful than Saint Basil’s Cathedral. The poor men said yes, and Ivan blinded the creators so that they could not build another masterpiece elsewhere.

Make sure to visit one of the most famous landmarks in Moscow and learn more about its history.

Why the Cathedral has two names?

Nowadays the church is used as a museum, and only once a year, on the Day of Intercession in October, the service is held there. Why on that day, you ask? Because the famous building, known to everyone as Saint Basil’s, is officially called “The Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat”. The name Saint Basil’s comes from Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite “holy fool” who was buried in the Trinity Cathedral that was here several years before the present building was constructed.

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Location Map & Contact Information

 Location Address:

Red Square,

109012 Moscow, Russia

How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Metro Stations: Teatralnaya, Okhotnyi Ryad and Ploshad Revolutsii

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