Most tours of the Kremlin start at Cathedral Square, where highlights include the three cathedrals, as well as the Ivan the Great Bell Tower (open to the public from April to September), Patriarch Palace, and the Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe. Tickets for the architectural complex of Cathedral Square include entrance to all the buildings, which house museums of art and antiquities relating to the Kremlin.
Visitors can explore independently, but a guided tour will provide insight into the Kremlin’s political and religious history. Tours of Cathedral Square and the Kremlin are often combined with a visit to other Moscow landmarks such as Resurrection Gate, Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
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Things to Know Before You Go
A visit to Cathedral Square is a must for all first-time visitors to Moscow.
Plan around two hours to visit Cathedral Square, much more if you plan to visit all the museums and monuments.
Book a skip-the-line ticket as visitor numbers are limited and lines can be long, especially in peak season.
Guided tours and audio guides are available in multiple languages.
Most parts of Cathedral Square are accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.
How to Get There
Cathedral Square is only accessible with a ticket for the Kremlin. Located right in the heart of Moscow, it’s easily accessible by metro or on foot from nearby attractions such as Red Square (a 5-minute walk away). The main entrance is by Kutafya Tower, just northwest of Cathedral Square. The closest metro stations are Borovitskaya (line 9) and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Lenin Library, line 1).
When to Get There
Cathedral Square is open to visitors daily except Thursdays and during public holidays or official events. The busiest time to visit is between May and September, when advance bookings are essential—visit early on a weekday morning to avoid the biggest crowds.
One of Russia’s most instantly recognizable landmarks, the Kremlin is a vast fortified complex renowned for its striking architecture and historic importance. Once the seat of Russia’s grand dukes and later home to Soviet leaders such as Lenin and Stalin, the Kremlin is the seat of the Russian Federal Assembly. As well as visiting Senate Square and Cathedral Square, visitors can tour the Armoury Museum (additional ticket fees apply), which houses the Russian Diamond Fund and a collection of ceremonial arms and armor.
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- Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor)
- Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
- Assumption Cathedral (Dormition Cathedral)
- Kremlin Armoury (Armoury Chamber)
- St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor)
- Lenin's Mausoleum
- State Historical Museum (Gosudarstvennyy Istoricheskiy Muzey)
- Russian State Library (Rossiyskaya Gosudarstvennaya Biblioteka)
- Cathedral of Christ the Savior (Khram Khrista Spasitelya)
- Alexander Garden (Alexandrovsky Sad)
- Kazan Cathedral (Kazansky Kafedralny Sobor)
- GUM Department Store
- Revolution Square (Ploshchad Revolyutsii)
- Pushkin Museum (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts)