Discover La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux Russia

Adjacent to Red Square and the Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral, built in the 16th century by order of Ivan the Terrible, is without a doubt the most fairy-tale-like monument in Moscow, with its lavish polychrome twisted onion domes that wouldn't look out of place on a palace from 'Arabian Nights'. The interior frescoes are just as magical, while in front of the building, a circular block of old white stones marks the former site where acts of torture were carried out.

Russia has been the stage for many events that make up its rich history. The remnants of these can still be seen in all their grandeur in the Golden Ring region. Churches, cathedrals, and palaces with glinting golden domes line the Volga and give visitors an insight to the city's past. You can also visit the monastery at Vladimir, the capital of the former Kievan Russia. The Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery at Rotov is another must-see of the region, with its green domes that glitter when snow covers the ground.

  • La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux , Saint Basil's Cathedral , Russia
    Saint Basil's Cathedral

    One of the symbols of Moscow

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  • La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux , Opposite the Kremlin , Russia
    Opposite the Kremlin

    Saint Basil's Cathedral doesn't go unnoticed, topped as it is with its onion domes straight out of a fairy tale.

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  • La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux , Onion domes , Russia
    Onion domes

    A fairy tale-like monument that faces the Kremlin and overlooks Red Square.

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  • La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux , A typical Moscow postcard , Russia
    A typical Moscow postcard

    Composed of 9 chapels, the basilica was built on the orders of Ivan The Terrible between 1555 and 1561 to commemorate his victories over the Golden Horde (the Tatars).

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  • La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux , A gem of Russian architecture , Russia
    A gem of Russian architecture

    The basilica can be visited, the interior is covered with frescoes.

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  • La basilique Saint-Basile-le-Bienheureux , A landmark monument on Red Square , Russia
    A landmark monument on Red Square

    Legend has it that the Tsar blinded the architects of the basilica so that they could not re-create the masterpiece elsewhere.

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