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MOSCOW - St. Basil's Cathedral Ticket

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clock4 hours

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    Probably the most well-known religious building in Moscow and perhaps the whole of Russia is St. Basil's Cathedral, mainly because of its colorful domed towers. This church is officially known as the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos and was built by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible (also called Ivan IV), in the period between 1555 and 1561. It is located in Red Square, close to one of the Kremlin walls.

    The construction of the cathedral took place in commemoration of a victorious military campaign that had been carried out by Ivan the Terrible. This military campaign was part of the war fought between Muscovite Russia and the Tatars of the Kazan Khanate.

    Currently, St. Basil's Cathedral is one of the most visited places, in addition to being a postcard from Moscow. Used as a museum by the Soviet State, it started to be used again for religious purposes after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. It is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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