Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor) Tours

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One of several churches standing on Cathedral Square inside Moscow’s Kremlin, the Cathedral of the Archangel was the main burial place for Russian tsars for centuries until the capital was temporarily moved to St. Petersburg. Built in the early 16th century, it represented the culmination of a grand building project initiated by Ivan the Great. Built in a style unique from the other Kremlin cathedrals, the Cathedral of the Archangel features Italian Renaissance design elements, as well as five domes representing Jesus and the four evangelists.

While many of the cathedral’s treasures are now displayed in the Kremlin Armory Museum, the 17th century iconostasis remains, as do many 16th and 17th century wall frescoes, painted by more than 100 different artists. The oldest icon in the cathedral, which depicts Archangel Michael in full armor, dates back to the 14th century. Visitors can see more than 40 tombs inside the cathedral, with those of the Grand Dukes and their families lining the southern wall and the vaults of the Romanovs standing in the center of the building.

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To visit the cathedral, visitors must buy a ticket to the Kremlin’s Cathedral Square as a whole. The ticket office is in front of Kutafya Tower and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is best reached by taking the Metro to Alexandrovskiy Sad or Biblioteka imeni Lenina. The cathedral and the Kremlin are also included in most tours of Moscow’s highlights.
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Address: Kremlin, Russia
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Hours: Friday to Wednesday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Admission: 500 rubles entrance to Cathedral Square, including the Cathedral of the Archangel
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Explore what was once a bastion of Soviet secrecy — the Moscow Kremlin — on this 1.5-hour tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, stroll around the walled complex, once Moscow’s ancient citadel, to see its courtyards, churches and palaces. Hear tales of medieval Tsars and the Russian Orthodox church as you view the Grand Kremlin Palace, Senate Palace and Ivan the Great Bell Tower; see the colossal Tsar Bell, and visit Archangel’s Cathedral, the burial place of Russian royals and rulers. The tour is limited to 25 people for a small-group atmosphere.
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This private 5-hour tour of Moscow, including Red Square (Krasnaya Ploschad) and the Kremlin, offers a comprehensive overview of the Russian capital’s top attractions. Ideal for visitors short on time, you’ll explore the UNESCO-listed Kremlin, the iconic riverside fortress home to four cathedrals, four palaces, and five squares. Plus, in Red Square, you’ll visit the colorful Kazan’s Cathedral, St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor), Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the GUM.
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