St Basil’s Cathedral

St Basil’s Cathedral tickets and tours

St Basil’s Cathedral is an Orthodox church in the Red Square in Moscow. Viewed as a symbol of the city the church carries many names including Cathedr...

Read more
Find experiences for these dates:
Filter by:
All
Free cancellation
Entrance Tickets
Guided Tour
Private tour
Activities

Enjoy a private guided 4-hour tour of Moscow including fast-track entrance tickets to the KremlinStart your 4-hour tour of Moscow meeting yo...

Duration
4 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Attractions & guided tours

Experience a program of discoveries and anecdotes on a 4-hour mini-bus city tour in Moscow, where you will discover the must-see attractions...

Duration
4 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

Discover the most beautiful buildings of Moscow, from the Novodevichy Convent to the Kremlin, in a comfortable ship along the Moskva River. ...

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

Saint Basil’s Cathedral has been an integral part of Russian history, this famous church was on the Red Square long before the first Romanov...

Duration
2 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

Start your journey through Moscow at Bolotnaya Square, where the adventure onboard the green and red lines start. The red line will take you...

Duration
48 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

Explore the most iconic locations of Moscow on a 2-hour tour in Red Square. Enter Saint Basil's Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site and ...

Duration
2 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

Enjoy a luxurious Radisson yacht cruise for 2.5 hours through the center of Moscow. With multiple starting times from 1.00pm to 9.00pm you c...

Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

Enjoy skip-the-line access to Moscow's key attractions and explore the capital city on a 4-hour walking tour with a professional guide.Meet ...

Duration
4 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English
Activities

With a guide discover the history of the Red Square and the buildings laying on it: from Lenin's Mausoleum to the GUM department store, pass...

Duration
2 hours
Free cancellation
Available in: English

You might also like

Attractions & guided tours

An indispensable visit for those who want to know all about space adventures. The Cosmonaut Museum f...

Excursions & day trips

Admire views of the Russian capital from the highest residential skyscraper in Europe and the OKO co...

Attractions & guided tours

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is a museum complex that is currently in possession of one of ...

Activities

Armory chamber is a unique, priceless and perhaps the most famous museum-treasury of Russia. In the ...

The inside story

St Basil’s Cathedral is an Orthodox church in the Red Square in Moscow. Viewed as a symbol of the city the church carries many names including Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed or Pokrovsky Cathedral. From the outside this iconic building features colorful onion shaped domes seated in front of a garden with a bronze statue honoring Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin. It’s interiors hold nine chapels surrounding a high belfry with walls and vaults covered in frescoes and oil paintings of saints.

The construction of the cathedral was ordered by Tsar Ivan the Terrible between 1555 and 1561 to celebrate his many victories during the Russo-Kazan war and was once the tallest building in Moscow. Built in the busy marketplace outside of the Kremlin walls, this church once began as a single wooden memorial created next to the Trinity Church, concluding in a cluster of seven wooden churches. Its final red bricked structure was created on the same site of the Trinity Church to commemorate the conquest of Kazan with a unique architectural style which is disputably accredited to Barma and Postnik.

Today St Basil’s Cathedral is a museum, operated by the State Historical Museum, it holds temporary exhibitions presenting rare examples of the ancient Russian icon-painting school and masterpieces of the applied art.

Getting there:

  • Exit at ‘Okhotny Ryad’, ‘Teatralnaya’, ‘Ploschad Revolyutsii’ or ‘Kitay-Gorod’ metro stations to reach the cathedral

Visiting hours:

  • From June to August: from 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Note during the summer months the Territory of St. Basil’s Cathedral is open daily from 9.00am to 7.00pm
  • Because of church services on the feast day of St Basil the Blessed: 14 August museum is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, last admission at 3.15pm and 15 August museum is open from 11.00am to 6.00pm, last admission at 5.15pm
  • In September, October and May: from 11.00am to 6.00pm
  • From November to April: from 11.00am to 5.00pm
  • The cathedral is closed the first Wednesday of each month for cleaning
  • During the school holidays (autumn, winter and spring), the museum's opening hours are extended by 1 hour.
  • The ticket office and last admission is 45 minutes before closing time

Pricing:

  • Audio guides are available in English
  • Entrance to St Basil's Cathedral interiors and St Basil's Cathedral’s territory has an additional fee that is not included in the entry ticket
  • Children and teenagers up to 16 years can enter for free

Cathedral rules:

  • You can’t touch the windows, nor any exhibit objects and decorations.
  • Bags and backpacks whose size exceeds 30 × 40 cm and umbrellas, must be left in the designated storing areas
  • You can take pictures or videos for free without flash and without tripod. However, in temporary exhibitions, both photos and videos are prohibited
  • Due to the characteristics of the cathedral, where the accesses are by stairs, children and disabled carts are prohibited
Read more

How to get there

St Basil’s Cathedral Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 109012 Moscow
Take the city with you Download the Musement app for iOS or Android