One of the most recognisable symbols of Russia is St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. The cathedral was built from 1555 to 1561. It was built to an unusual style and it is quite unique with colourful swirls topping its towers. The cathedral is said to have been built to resemble a bonfire rising into the sky. The architecture of the cathedral has seen it become a symbol of Russia to many around the world. The cathedral has hardly operated religious services since being confiscated from the Russian Orthodox community as part of the Soviet Union's anti-theist campaigns in the 20th century. It is mainly used as a state museum. It is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage site with its neighbouring Red Square and Moscow Kremlin.
The cathedral is situated in the city centre of Moscow. Transport links to the cathedral are good. The 158 bus stops close by. You can also take the metro to ‘Okhotny Ryad’ which is a short walk away from the cathedral.
Opening Times and Admission
The cathedral is open to visitors daily, 10am-6pm. Admission is set at 500Rbl for adults.