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St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
St. Basil’s Cathedral stands as Moscow’s most famous artistic work of architecture. St. Basil’s is Russia’s most recognizable building and gives to the Russian people the same sort of symbol of romantic pride as the Eiffel Tower provides to the French.

Legend says that Ivan the Terrible blinded the architect after he was finished to prevent him from building another cathedral as magnificent as St. Basil’s.

Originally, its sides were wooden, but during the reign of Catherine II the Great, the walls were reconstructed in the same stone seen today, and covered in swirling colors and designs.

There are more than 400 icons painted between the 14th and 19th centuries by the most famous schools of Novgorod and Moscow hanging on the walls.

A narrow pathway leads you from one alter to another, passing through a wooden spiral staircase so well hidden in a wall, that it was only found during the 1970 restoration of the cathedral.


Taking in the medieval aura and mystical spirituality of St. Basil’s imbues visitors with what can only be described as a quintessential Russian experience.

See it on following tours

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Going to Russia is always an unforgettable experience to remember for years and years! Enjoy top sights of Moscow & St. Petersburg: from the beauty of the Red Square and the Kremlin to Peterhof Parks and Catherine's Palace, with our tailor-made private tour.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Our private tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg is a dream come true: accommodation in select 5-star properties, sightseeing tours with professional local guides, private drivers, included visa processing, and all the must-sees in one trip.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 28, 2018

9 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Embark on a journey-of-a-lifetime with our very popular small group tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Prepare to witness and fall in love with the great culture, art and history of the country, visible on every corner of the magnificent cities.

Small group tour  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 26, 2018

11 days

2 cities

1 country

Moscow | Saint Petersburg

Set off on an unforgettable small group tour and see the best of extraordinary Russia. Stay in the centrally located hotels, enjoy guided sightseeing tours, see the highlights of Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

4 days

1 city

1 country

Moscow

Experience the best of Russia’s bustling metropolitan capital, glorious Moscow, and see its main highlights during an exclusive 4-day private tour. Explore the iconic Red Square, go inside the Kremlin walls to its famous Armoury Chamber, and see the best of Russian art in Tretyakov Gallery.
Private tour  |  Nearest Date:
Flexible

16 days

8 cities

5 countries

Copenhagen | Oslo | Flam | Bergen | Stockholm | Helsinki | Saint Petersburg | Moscow

There is hardly any other journey in the world that can match to a level of cultural diversity and impressions! Explore Natural wonders of Norway and Scandinavia and finish your journey in the heart of Russia.
E.g., Sep 25 2018