Churches/ Cathedrals in Moscow

Churches & Cathedrals in Moscow, Russia

Churches & Cathedrals in Moscow

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  • Ghadeer2014
    Kuwait City, Kuwait9 812 contributions
    Visiting St. Basil’s Cathedral is a must to all tourists to Moscow, because it is a iconic symbol of the city. Saint Basil's Cathedral, is an Orthodox church, built in 1561. It is having a fairy tale appearance, that what makes it alluring. I had the chance to go inside with Valentina, a local guide from “Walks with Folks”. Valentina picked me up from my hotel and we reached the Red Square for a morning tour. Valentina was well informed with rich background. She spoke fluent English with varied vocabulary. She spoke like a history professor. It was like a maze inside the Cathedral with floral design in different chapels. Truly unusual interior.

    SEE photos.
    Written 11 February 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12 365 contributions
    Although young due to Communist madness, this Cathedral rapidly became one of Moscow symbols.
    The original Church was built here in honor of defeating Napoleon, and it was being built for almost half a century during the 19c.
    Hardly to believe, the Stalin's communist regime demolished the Cathedral with explosive to the ground, in order to build the "Soviet Palace" - a museum complex in honor of "Socialist achievements". Due to lack of funds it was never realized, but instead a swimming complex was built during mid 20c.
    The present Cathedral was started under Jeltzin in 1990 and finished in 2000.
    It's an amazing architecture piece all in white marble with five golden domes, while the interior is simply breathtaking (unfortunately, no photos inside).
    It is the seat of Russian Orthodox Church and currently the biggest Orthodox temple in the world (the bigger one in Bucharest, Romania is still under construction).
    Written 7 May 2021
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12 365 contributions
    Out of 4 churches inside the Kremlin walls, the Uspensky Cathedral is the most important and beautiful one. It was the first to be built on the site in 15c, and from that era served as the coronation place of Russian tsars, starting with Ivan the Terrible.
    Elegant exterior with 5 golden domes hides an incredible inside beauty of priceless frescoes, iconostasis and the coronation throne.
    Written 11 May 2021
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  • Globtrotter108
    Beverly Hills, CA152 contributions
    When I am in Moscow, I often visit this sweet, peaceful oasis in the middle of bustling city. Here you can see a beautiful cathedral and see Christian services there ( sometimes the Patriarch of Russia Kirill is conducting the liturgy there)!!! But what flocks people to this place are the relics of Russian Saint Matrona of Moscow who protects people and perform miracles to this day. People come to ask for her mercy or to thank her for something she has done for them and they bring Her flowers! And after paying respects to the Saint, all receive back flowers that were blessed by the Merciful Saint Matrona! The chapel with Her relics is the sweetest. It hosts stunning icons !!! But prepare for long lines to get inside, unless you are with little children or elderly with medical condition. Then, you can go without lines! On the premises there is a little cafe Trapesnaya, where female monks are cooking and serving for the pilgrims. It’s very tasty and a lot of choices for vegetarians and vegans too. There is a spring with Holy water ( it’s free and you can buy bottles near by). Also, there is a fantastic hotel $100 a night if you would like to enjoy the tranquility for few days. That hotel has a very good restaurant! Highly recommend all of that!!! It is a very special place!! Many couples come here to ask for children. My sister in law came too. For 4 years she could not get pregnant!!! After visiting Matrona she got pregnant upon return to her city!!!! Just like that . Saint Matrona , pray for us! - that is the main prayer around there. Lovely place
    Written 18 February 2020
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  • Gal m
    Thornhill, Canada56 contributions
    Very nice place to visit especially during Christmas Market time. Can spot good quality presents. Outside very tasty sandwiches and drinks are served
    Written 16 January 2020
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12 365 contributions
    The Kazan Cathedral stands in the corner of Red square, between the GUM mall and the History museum at the beginning of the Nikolskaya St, on the other side from the St. Basil's.
    Its name could confuse some travelers who might think it was named after the Kazan conquest by Ivan the Terrible. No, for that purpose was St. Basil's built.
    The original Kazan Cathedral was built in 17c housing the Holy Virgin - a patroness of Kazan city, destroyed by the communist regime (likewise the Christ the Saviour Cathedral).
    The present Cathedral was rebuilt during 20c '90s and is a working place of worship free to enter.
    Written 11 May 2021
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  • Ron M
    127 contributions
    We walked to the Cathedral in a great sunny day and we were astonished to learn the history of the construction, destruction and recent reconstruction of this church. It is located in a nice park 20 min from Red Square, and you can do your tour on your own, no need for a guide - but is it is worthwhile to read about the history of the last 100 years to understand what happened there.
    Written 19 August 2018
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  • Θανάσης Κ
    Thessaloniki, Greece160 contributions
    Although I am Greek Orthodox christian, I love baroque art and finding baroque architecture and decoration in an Orthodox church just fascinates me! Certainly, the Church of St. Clement, Pope of Rome, is the most beautiful church in Moscow! Unfortunately, photos are not allowed during services (however I managed to take someones!). Our group didn't stay for a long time inside this church, because we planned to attend the Divine Liturgy on Christ the Saviour's Cathedral. When we visited it, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the feast of the Transfiguration of the Saviour (it follows the old calendar, in contrast with the Greek Orthodox Church).
    Written 5 September 2018
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  • Franz K
    29 contributions
    Located on a stunningly beautiful pedestrian street between Bolshaya Ordynka and Pyatnitsky Street. This restored gem epitomizes the restoration of Church and religion in Russia today. As there is a seminary attached, it may well be that the choir is of high caliber too. Protestants may not know that the Russian Orthodox Church service is mostly sung.
    Written 10 July 2019
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  • gentbrugg
    Moscow2 304 contributions
    I lived in that area for a long time - though, on the other side of Gorky street (now Tverskaya street). As I remember, I preferred to walk in that area, but always chose for walk not Voznesensky lane, but Bryusov - that is bypassing the city hall not on the right, and at the left. It is more interesting-there is also the Resurrection Cathedral, and artistic and composer's houses, and the house of Bruce, and pleasant small green squares on both sides. And the alley goes straight to the Conservatory.
    The church is not remembered for anything special. In the development of old Moscow Victorian Gothic Renaissance looks like an alien element. It is visited mainly by foreigners.
    Recently I happened to be in this area. I looked into the church and noted two circumstances. First, the church is in need of repair. And secondly, it turns out to be held here extremely interesting concerts - mostly organ music, even Vivaldi. In addition, tickets are inexpensive.
    I've neglected this сhurch for nothing. I hope that I will correct this omission in the very near future.
    Written 12 August 2018
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  • TatiTripAdv
    Moscow, Russia41 contributions
    Unique antic church was built at 1628-1658. Rich decoration shows Russian architecture style.Inside you can find chandeliers donated by Tzar.
    As many churches it survived in many fires. However not many churches survived over Soviet period. This one was closed as church but was used as museum ground.
    Interesting place for visiting and for understanding our history.
    Written 21 May 2020
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  • Luisguiper
    Bogota, Colombia1 016 contributions
    This church is said to be completed in the 17th century by tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. The building is really nice with its architecture and its onion-shaped domes. The interior is great, too, nicely decorated with paintings on the walls, paintings with golden frames, images of the Lady of Kazan and a ceiling lamp. Of course, this is just the appearance, but despite of personal believes, the mystic atmosphere of the temple is really interesting. Photography inside the church is forbidden.
    Written 16 March 2019
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  • ginsengNewYork
    new york1 168 contributions
    Located at 46 Bolshaya Yakimanka Street, right across from the French embassy, and 15 mn by foot from the Tretyakov Gallery, this beautiful polychrome Church is well worth the detour!
    It combines elements of Muscovite as well as Ukrainian baroque styles, and some European influences prevalent during Peter's reign when it was built by one of Peter's favourite architects, Zarudny
    Its polychrome polished brick roof and octagonal tower are just gorgeous. The superb interior boasts frescoes and a sparkling gilded iconostasis.
    The property is surrounded with an enclosure of red brick pillars and wrought iron sections.
    Written 3 February 2019
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  • gentbrugg
    Moscow2 304 contributions
    Famous, revered and rich Cathedral. Suffice it to say that in it was baptized the outstanding Russian poet Pushkin, here were enthroned the Emperors and carried out the burial of many Russian patriarchs, including Alexy II, who has made great efforts for a revival of the Russian Church. I've heard about it quite incredible things -that after his retirement here served as a sexton Malenkov, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of the country during the time of Stalin!
    It is handsome, but coldly handsome. It is too majestic, and for such impression its creators used rather frequent and standard for the Russian Church architecture techniques and elements. I still don't like the combination of pale green with gold of its five domes, the central of which is visually cumbersome.
    Written 11 July 2018
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