Assumption Cathedral (Dormition Cathedral)
One of several churches in Cathedral Square inside the Kremlin, the Assumption Cathedral is arguably the most important. Regarded as the mother church of Muscovite Russia, it was long the place of coronation for the Romanov tsars and the burial place for Moscow metropolitans and patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Designed by an Italian architect and built between 1475 and 1479, the cathedral features five domes, colorful frescoes, and impressive iconostasis; it became a model for other churches throughout Russia. Near the south entrance to the cathedral, you can see the throne of Tsar Ivan IV. Admission to Cathedral Square includes entrance into Assumption Cathedral, as well as the other museum-cathedrals in this part of the Kremlin. Many guided tours of the Kremlin include a visit to this spectacular cathedral, as do many more comprehensive sightseeing tours of Moscow (typically combining the Kremlin and Red Square).
Things to know before you go
- Buy your tickets to Cathedral Square in advance to skip the lines at the ticket booths and ensure you get the time you want.
- Photography is not permitted inside the cathedral.
- An audio guide of the cathedral is available in English.
- This cathedral is accessible to wheelchairs, though many of the others in the square are not.
How to get there
The nearest Metro stations are Biblioteka imeni Lenina or Borovitskaya. The two entrances into the Kremlin are on the side of the Alexandrovsky Gardens, one at the Kutafya Tower and the other at the Borovitskaya Tower.
When to get there
The Kremlin grounds are open every day except Thursdays. The grounds get particularly busy during the summer high season (mid-May to late September), so be sure to book your tickets ahead of time and arrive early if you’re visiting during this time.
Cathedral Square sits at the center of the Kremlin, where all its streets converged in the 15th century. Besides Assumption Cathedral, several other cathedrals and churches face the square. The Archangel Cathedral contains the tombs of most rulers from the 14th to 17th centuries, while the Annunciation Cathedral is known for its impressive murals and iconostasis. The gold-domed Church of the Deposition of the Robe once served as the private chapel for the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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