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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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Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel ¥16,093
Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel

Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel

11 Petrovka Street, Moscow
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kuznetsky Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Teatral'naya Station is 8 minutes.

    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow ¥26,439
    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

    Neglinnaya Street No 4, Moscow
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Kuznetsky Bridge Station and Teatral'naya Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow ¥16,229
      Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

      Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

      Ul. Balchug 1, Moscow
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zaryadye Park, Moscow Kremlin, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum are also within 15 minutes. Novokuznetskaya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 10 minutes.

        People Red Square Hotel ¥5,714
        People Red Square Hotel

        People Red Square Hotel

        Sofiyskaya Naberezhnaya, 30/1, Moscow
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zaryadye Park, Moscow Kremlin, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum are also within 15 minutes. Novokuznetskaya Station is 12 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 13 minutes.

          Kadashevskaya Hotel
          Kadashevskaya Hotel

          Kadashevskaya Hotel

          26, Kadashevskaya nab., Moscow
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Yakimanka, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of State Tretyakov Gallery, St. Basil's Cathedral, and Red Square. Cathedral of Christ the Savior is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. Novokuznetskaya Station is 9 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 10 minutes.

            Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow ¥3,942
            Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow

            Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow

            Mokhovaya St., 10/1, Moscow
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of the Archangel and Moscow Kremlin. Red Square and Kremlin Armoury Museum are also within 15 minutes. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Station is only a 4-minute walk and Alexandrovsky Sad Station is 8 minutes.

              Hostel
              Hostel

              Hostel

              3 Rizhskiy Proyezd, Moscow, Moscow
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Moscow City Centre, this hostel is steps from Cathedral of the Archangel and Moscow Kremlin. Kremlin Armoury Museum and Arbat Street are also within 15 minutes. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Station is 7 minutes by foot and Alexandrovsky Sad Station is 10 minutes.

                Hotel Metropol Moscow ¥20,286
                Hotel Metropol Moscow

                Hotel Metropol Moscow

                2 Teatralny Proezd, Moscow
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and Revolution Square are also within 10 minutes. Teatral'naya Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lubyanka Station is 6 minutes.