Interiors of St. Basil's Cathedral

There is nothing more iconic about Russia than St. Basil’s Cathedral. This landmark building has a captivating history behind it, and today is accessible to visitors as a museum. There are several interesting facts about it, such as the fact that it was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible as a monument to the victory in a fight against the Mongols, or another fact relating to its unusual architecture – indeed, it’s not one cathedral, but many churches sharing the same foundation.

Interiors of St. Basil’s Cathedral Tour takes you inside the ground floor of the building where you will see icons of St. Basil and learn facts about his life and miracles. Then we will walk up the steep ancient steps to the gallery and upper churches (who knows, maybe Ivan the Terrible walked the same steps?). Each church has a name and interior decorations all different from each other, and we will study them all during the tour.

Besides standard tour during the usual opening hours, we offer a special private tour with concert featuring a capella choir singing church chants inside the central chapel. These tours take place after 18.00, when the cathedral is officially closed. Please contact us at julia@iwir.ru to discuss dates and get a quotation.

Open: Every day except first Wednesday. 

Disclaimer: Please note that the steps inside St.Basil's Catherdral are very steep, at times up to 40cm (1.5ft) steep, so climbing them or going down may require a considerable effort. Unfortunately, the Cathedral doesn't not have access for people with disabilities as elevators cannot be fitted into this ancient building.

Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and other foreign languages. 

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St. Basil's Cathedral Tour, 1h, p.p. 95 € 60 € 50 € 45 € 42 € 40 € 39 € 39 €
St. Basil's Cathedral Tour + Red Square Tour, up to 3 h, p.P. 155 € 90 € 72 € 62 € 54 € 50 € 47 € 47 €

We offer private tours only. The prices are quoted per person depending on the number of people in the group.

Included

Private guide, tickets, admission fee for museum with a guiding permit, booking fee and VAT.

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you outside by the main entrance of St. Basil’s Cathedral (Address: Krasnaja ploshad, 2) with the sign “Ich war in Russland”.