St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the tourist jewels of the city , although it is also one of all Russia. This cathedral covered with mystery is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and there is no foreigner who has not stepped on this monument during his short trip.
The cathedral was founded 1555 by one of the most famous tsars nicknamed Ivan the Terrible and is located in the tourist center of the city of Moscow, The Red Square. Its popularity is also due to its proximity to the Kremlin and its historical position, since, in front of it, all the main leaders of Russia gave their speeches in pursuit of the country.
It is one of the main cathedrals of orthodox worship, although it will not be the only one you will find in Russia because it is the main religion in the country. Prepare your camera and go to the back that come out with much better angle.
It is one of the few monuments of ancient architecture that have survived the passage of time as many other buildings were reduced to ashes by Napoleon and Stalin at different times. The cathedral of San Basilio has a special attraction for tourists, as it has geometric compositions that attract much attention. This may be because it unconsciously awakens the sensation of a mixture of Eastern and Western culture in the purest Russian style.
Inside you will discover paintings and pieces of recent excavations at the foot of the cathedral, no doubt because of its fineness and extraordinary color, I recommend a visit and 500 rubles (about 6 euros) of the entrance ticket.
For Russians, the ticket is a lower price, but don’t try to pass yourself off as natives as they ask for documentation for the purchase of the ticket. L
Visit St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral is shaped like flames in a bonfire. It also consists of a central church with eight side churches making it geometrically very attractive.
The interior of the cathedral represents a labyrinth of labyrinths. In them you will discover famous frescoes that cover the walls of the chapels. In them you will find icons, crosses, paintings and compositions in fabrics of great artistic value. The style that you will discover in this cathedral, you will see it reflected in museums like the Tretryakov or the great museum of history becoming an important piece of the old Russian architectural style.
You can’t miss it, really, but visit St. Basil’s Cathedral you haven’t been to Russia.
Saint Basil’s Cathedral visiting hours:
1 June to 24 August : 10:00 to 19:00.
August 25 to September 3: 10:00 to 16:00
November 6 to April 30: 11:00 to 18:00
1 May to 31 May: 11:00 to 18:00
Try to avoid going on Wednesdays in your planning to visit the cathedral, as some may be closed for maintenance.
Cathedral ticket price:
Entrance to the cathedral costs 500 rubles for foreigners. (About 6 euros)
Myths and legends of St. Basil’s Cathedral
Each of the eight churches was named after the saint on whose day Ivan the Terrible’s Kazan campaigns brought something remarkable. The central church is dedicated to the Protection of the Mother of God. This day Kazan was taken by assault. The columns of the church are decorated with onion-like domes. Each of them is unique; none of them is the same as the others. Each dome is decorated with cornices, windows and fine decorations.
There is a legend that says that Napoleon wanted to move this miracle of architecture from the cathedral to Paris, but the technology of the time was unable to cope with that task. Then the French emperor ordered his army to blow up the temple, along with the Kremlin, before the retreat from Moscow. The Muscovites tried in vain to extinguish the fiery fuses, but providence intervened: suddenly the rain began, strong enough, to put an end to this idea.
The historians of the place say that the cathedral never had the colors that currently dress it..
Where the cathedral is counted:
The cathedral is located at Red Square , next to the Kremlin another destination not to be missed in your manual. Very close to the cathedral, almost next to it you will also find Moscow’s most famous shopping centre. Gum is its name, and in it you will find all kinds of luxury shops, with several floors high and bridges that cross from one to another. According to my mother-in-law, the best ice cream in the city is bought there and only 100 rubles (1,20 euros approx.) away.