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Saint Basil's Cathedral

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Saint Basil's Cathedral

12,374 Reviews
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AlexeevIgor wrote a review 8 Jan.
Moscow, Russia97,156 contributions30,431 helpful votes
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The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed has been repeatedly viewed both from the outside and from the inside ... And each time, admiring the temple, I am more and more affirmed in the thought that this is the most beautiful and graceful temple of all that I have seen in my life ... And I saw many temples in four dozen countries on the globe ...
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Date of experience: January 2021
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razza6026 wrote a review 6 Jan.
Tullimbar, Australia258 contributions72 helpful votes
When in Moscow you have to visit Saint Basils. It only costs about 700 rubles or less than US$10. It's not that big, but some of the architecture is lovely. It is always good to boast to your friends that you went to St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow. Winter is a good time as it looks even lovelier with snow all about .
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Date of experience: February 2020
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summerlea45 wrote a review Dec. 2020
London, United Kingdom214 contributions101 helpful votes
Standing in red Square for the first time, taking in its immense size and grandeur is something special, especially if the sun is shining on the gold minneretes But look to the far and end and see this amazing quirky building is special. Day or night (pref both) a must. Inside is fascinating quite dark and seems small, a very sad story goes with it about the Architect, makes it even more special.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Casa62 wrote a review Jul. 2020
Brisbane, Australia439 contributions205 helpful votes
Sitting in one corner of red square this silhouette is world famous. Its actually a collection of churches all built together all with their own story and all different sizes. A feast for the eyes no visit to Moscow is complete without coming here.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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saronic wrote a review Jul. 2020
Zurich, Switzerland17,872 contributions1,640 helpful votes
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This church by the Red Square and the Kremlin must be one of the most unusual ecclesiastical buildings anywhere in the world, an iconic and immediately recognisable landmark of Moscow and of all Russia. There are 6 domes and 4 spires, quite close to each other, and all of different shape and colour. Inside one will not find a big hall, as expected in a church, but a maze of corridors and various small chapels, with steps up and down. Wall paintings are everywhere, also gilded iconostasis'. To visit the Cathedral one has to first queue up before a counter and get a ticket for 700 RUB. Exit is from a different place than the entry. Unlike many other churches in Moscow photography is allowed inside, which has to do with the fact that since 1923 this building functions as a museum, although as of 1991 again divine services are held here on Sunday mornings. The official name of the church is 'Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat'. The intercession of the Mother of God (Theotokos) or Holy Virgin is a feast day especially in the Slavic Orthodox Churches, celebrated on October 14th. On this day in the year 1562 the then tsar Ivan the Terrible captured the city of Kazan and it is in memory of this event that he gave the orders for the construction of this church. Today the church is better known under the name 'Saint Basil's Cathedral', referring not to the famous 4th century saint, Basil the Great, from Cappadocia, but to a local 16th century 'Fool of Christ' and soothsayer, known as St.Basil the Blessed, whose tomb is inside this cathedral. It is said that he used to walk around naked und thus he is depicted inside without clothes.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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