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Cathedral of the Annunciation

This important city cathedral is known for its illustrious royal history and beautiful architecture.

See the famous Cathedral of the Annunciation, a city landmark and the site where the Russian royals worshipped, confessed and were married. While its royal connections are undeniably intriguing, many visitors come to this Russian Orthodox church to enjoy its inspiring design and artwork.

The current structure has its origins in the era of Ivan III, who commissioned it to be built in 1484. It was completed in 1489 and bore distinct Greek and Russian influences. Ivan the Terrible had it remodeled in the 1500s, but after breaking religious law with his many marriages, he was barred from entering the cathedral through the front door. Look for the southeast porch, which was created later to be used as an alternative entrance for Ivan the Terrible.

Spend a few moments admiring the recognizable exterior. Note the nine golden domes, each of which is topped with a crucifix, and the brilliant white exterior below, which complements the shimmering gold cupolas. Head inside to discover one of its main attractions, the cathedral’s iconostasis, a wall full of religious artworks. View the sacred paintings, which span more than 500 years and include work attributed to Russian icon master Andrei Rublev, as well as the 16th-century painter Feodosy. Other famous artists said to be represented here are Theophanes and Prokhor of Gorodets.

Venture to the central part of the cathedral, where you’ll find an attractive agate-colored jasper floor. This may have been a gift from the Persian shah. Descend to the basement to discover more about the Kremlin, Russia’s governmental complex. Here you will find an exhibit containing Kremlin-related material from the 12th century through the 14th century.

Investigate the other churches on Cathedral Square before you leave the area. You will find the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral of the Archangel and Church of the Deposition of the Robe, among other fine buildings.

The Cathedral of the Annunciation is close to the Alexandrovsky metro station. Buy combination tickets for access to all the attractions in Cathedral Square. The square is open daily except Thursdays.


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