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St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor)
St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor)

St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Sobor)

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Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 109012

The Basics

Visit the nine main chapels that honor a major spiritual event in Russia—each beneath a vibrant-hued dome—as well as a separate tenth chapel added in 1588 over the grave of St. Basil. You can stroll between the interconnected galleries to view the more than 400 iconography paintings dating between the 14th and 19th centuries. The cathedral was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site—in conjunction with Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square—in 1990.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Last admittance into the cathedral is 45 minutes before closing.

  • There are two different tickets to tour St. Basil’s interior and its exterior.

  • Look out for temporary exhibitions in the galleries.

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How to Get There

St. Basil’s is located next to the Kremlin, famously situated at the south end of Red Square. It's a 5-minute walk (about .4 miles, or a .6 kilometers) from the nearest metro station of Ploshchad Revolyutsii to the cathedral.

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When to Get There

The cathedral is open May through October from midmorning to evening, with somewhat reduced hours November through April. Call or go online ahead of time to verify times as St. Basil’s sometimes closes for cleaning and when the temperature drops below 5°F (-15°С). The cathedral is closed every first Wednesday of the month.

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)

Red Square is Moscow's central square, and has been home to a thriving marketplace as well as a gathering place for various public ceremonies, proclamations, and coronations. While there, visit other important Russian landmarks in the area, including the Kremlin and GUM—a huge, glass-encased department store from the Soviet era.

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