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  • Address: Red Square, Moscow, Russia 109012
  • Hours: During Winter: Open Daily 11am - 5pm During Summer: Open Daily 10am - 7pm
  • Admission: Adults: 250 rubles ($8), Students: 50 rubles and Under 18 years old: Free

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St Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sabor) Tours

With its colorful onion-shaped domes, St. Basil’s Cathedral may be one of the most iconic sights in Moscow, if not in all of Russia. Finished in 1561, the cathedral sits on one end of Red Square and marks the geometric center of Moscow. For 40 years after its construction, it was the tallest building in the city, eventually surpassed by the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

St. Basil’s actually consists of 10 separate churches. When the building was first constructed, eight side churches surrounded the main Church of Intercession. A 10th church was added in 1588 over the grave of the local saint, Basil. While the cathedral was built to celebrate the capture of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible, its side churches were designed to represent major events in Russian spiritual life in the second half of the 16th century.

The cathedral was confiscated from the Russian Orthodox community during Soviet times and now operates as a division of the State Historical Museum. It has been part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. Today, visitors can stroll through the galleries connecting the many churches while marveling at frescoes, oil paintings and Russian icons, many of which date to the 16th and 17th centuries.

Practical Info

St. Basil’s Cathedral is located on the southeastern end of Red Square, in the very center of Moscow. The nearest Metro station is Ploschad Revolyutsii, about a five minute walk from the cathedral. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.

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Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin, Moscow, null
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Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel and will take you with Moscow Metro to the Red Square. Next 3 hours you will spend listening to ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.33
Saint Basil's Cathedral Early Opening Private Tour, Moscow, Cultural Tours
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Saint Basil's Cathedral Early Opening Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

To avoid a line for tickets and to escape the crowded halls, enjoy early entrance to St. Basil's Cathedral with a private guide who will tell you the story of ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $295.30
Cathedrals and Churches of the Russian Capital, Moscow, Cultural Tours
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Cathedrals and Churches of the Russian Capital

We invite you to visit the most important and beautiful Churches and Cathedrals of the Moscow City! Your first stop is New Maiden Convent probably the best ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Moscow Must-Sees Private Tour, Moscow, Cultural Tours
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Moscow Must-Sees Private Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Explore the treasures of Moscow — over 20 must-see sites and attractions on this private full-day tour . Experience the most established settlement and walk ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.00
Private Moscow Red Square and City Tour with Bolshoi Visit Option, Moscow, City Tours
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Private Moscow Red Square and City Tour with Bolshoi Visit Option

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Your 4-hour private tour is a perfect way to see the city of rich history (almost 870 years!) all dazzling with colorful cathedrals, domes, baroque ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Moscow Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing, Moscow, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Moscow Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing

Want to see all the best of Moscow during your layover ? Make the most of your layover starting your Russian adventure from Moscow airport or train station ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.00
Moscow Private Walking Half Day Tour, Moscow, Custom Private Tours
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Moscow Private Walking Half Day Tour

On this tour you will be able to enjoy all that Moscow has to offer. You will visit famous Red Square, the heart and soul of Russia and a guaranteed ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.56
Moscow Walking Tour Through the Eyes of Locals, Moscow, Walking Tours
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Moscow Walking Tour Through the Eyes of Locals

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Are you in Moscow for the first time? You would like to visit the most important sites but also run away from the flooded touristic paths and taste a local ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.05
Moscow Highlights in One Day Tour, Moscow, Walking Tours
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Moscow Highlights in One Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Best of Moscow in one day,Moscow sightseeing tour. This tour will give you a great opportunity to get a feeling of Moscow ,as well as to visit all major city ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.00
Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour, Moscow, Day Trips
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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 85 Reviews

See the stand-out sights of Moscow’s Red Square, Nikolskaya Street and Alexandrovsky Garden on a 2-hour small-group walking tour! While listening to ...  Read more

Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.50

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