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  • 1. Donskoy Monastery

    Southern Outskirts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1591, the Russian army stood waiting for an impending attack from Tatar troops grouped on the opposite side of the river. According to legend...Read More

  • 2. New Maiden's Convent

    Southern Outskirts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tsar Vasily III (1479–1533) founded this convent in 1524 on the road to Smolensk and Lithuania. Due to the tsar's initiative, it enjoyed an...Read More

  • 3. St. Basil's Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The proper name of this whimsical structure is Church of the Intercession. It was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquest...Read More

  • 4. Andronik Monastery

    Eastern Outskirts | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A stroll inside the heavy stone fortifications of this monastery, founded in 1360 by Metropolitan Alexei and named in honor of its first abbot...Read More

  • 5. Annunciation Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This remarkable monument of Russian architecture, linking three centuries of art and religion, was the private chapel of the royal family. Its...Read More

  • 6. Assumption Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This dominating structure is one of the oldest edifices of the Kremlin, built in 1475–79 by the Italian architect Aristotle Fiorovanti, who...Read More

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  • 7. Cathedral of Christ Our Savior

    Kropotkinskaya | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Moscow's largest Orthodox cathedral has a colorful past of destruction and reconstruction. Built between 1839 and 1883 as a memorial to the...Read More

  • 8. Cathedral of Christ's Ascension in Storozhakh

    Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Like Moscow State University, this classical church was designed by Matvei Kazakov and built in the 1820s. The church is most famous as the...Read More

  • 9. Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan

    Kitai Gorod | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1633 and 1636 to commemorate Russia's liberation from Polish occupation during the Time of Troubles, this church was purposely...Read More

  • 10. Cathedral of the Archangel

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This five-dome cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Great (1440–1505), whose reign witnessed much new construction in Moscow and in the Kremlin...Read More

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  • 11. Cathedral of the Epiphany

    Kitai Gorod | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church is all that remains of the monastery that was founded on this site in the 13th century by Prince Daniil of Moscow. A good example...Read More

  • 12. Cathedral of the Sign

    Kitai Gorod | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This solid redbrick church, topped with one gold and four green onion domes, was part of the monastery of the same name, built on the estate...Read More

  • 13. Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1655–56 by Patriarch Nikon, this was his private church. An exhibit here displays icons removed from other Kremlin churches destroyed...Read More

  • 14. Church of All-Saints in Kulishki

    Kitai Gorod | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This fine example of 17th-century religious architecture was built in honor of the Russian forces who won the decisive Battle of Kulikovo three...Read More

  • 15. Church of St. George on Pskov Hill

    Kitai Gorod | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This majestic five-dome church with blue cupolas studded by gold stars, built in 1657 by merchants from Pskov, stands right next to the Romanov...Read More

  • 16. Church of St. Maxim the Blessed

    Kitai Gorod | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1698 this white-stone church was built on the site where the Holy Fool Maxim was buried. It's between St. Barbara's and the Cathedral of...Read More

  • 17. Church of St. Nicholas in Khamovniki

    Kropotkinskaya | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1679 and 1682 and remaining open throughout the years of Communist rule, what looks like a frosted gingerbread house has been...Read More

  • 18. Church of St. Simon the Stylite

    Arbat | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This bright white 17th-century church stands out in stark contrast to the modern architecture that dominates the area. During the reconstruction...Read More

  • 19. Church of the Deposition of the Virgin's Robe

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This single-dome church was built in 1484–86 by masters from Pskov. It was rebuilt several times and restored to its 15th-century appearance...Read More

  • 20. Church of the Resurrection

    Ulitsa Tverskaya | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1629, this is one of the few lucky churches to have stayed open throughout the years of Soviet rule. As a survivor, the church was...Read More

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