Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Cathedral of the Archangel Michael

Visit the tombs of influential historical figures in this fittingly grand cathedral and learn more about their lives and deaths.

The Cathedral of the Archangel contains 46 tombs of Russian leaders who ruled between the 14th and 18th centuries. Come here to explore the tombs and appreciate its mesmerizing religious artwork.

This Russian Orthodox religious structure was named after the Archangel Michael, the protector of Muscovy’s leader. The building took shape in the early 1500s under the watchful eyes of Ivan the Great. From then on, the wealthy and powerful of Russia were buried here until Peter the Great decreed St. Petersburg the country’s new capital city.

Alevisio Novi, an Italian architect, was responsible for the Cathedral of the Archangel we see today, melding traditional Russian designs with Italian influences, resulting in a beautiful Byzantine-style building. Look for distinctive Italian elements, such as scalloped designs on the exterior and note how the staples of Russian church design, namely its domes and pillars, are also evident.

Venture inside the cathedral for a dazzling sensory experience. In contrast with the white exterior, deep dark colors dominate inside. Marvel at the frescoes plastering the wall, which depict various religious scenes, such as the Last Judgment and, appropriately, Archangel Michael confronting the devil.

Stop at the grave of Russia’s first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. He is buried next to a son whom he murdered and another son who became leader after his father’s death. Look for the Farewell to the Family painting nearby, a 16th-century fresco that was uncovered in the 1950s during restoration. This painting depicts a nobleman passing away with his family at his side.

Walk along the south wall to see portrayals of famous Russian historical figures, including prince and national hero Alexander Nevsky and Prince Daniel, his son, a 13th-century ruler.

Reach the Cathedral of the Archangel by taking the metro to Alexandrovsky Sad station. The church is located in the Cathedral Square complex, which has many religious buildings. The cathedral has an entrance fee and is open every day except Thursdays.


Guide to Exploring around Cathedral of the Archangel


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Cathedral of the Archangel

See all 3,589 Properties near Cathedral of the Archangel
Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat ¥5,715
Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat

Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat

Ulitsa Novy Arbat, 15, Moscow, Moscow
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 15-minute walk of Lotte Plaza and Arbat Street. Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Armoury Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Arbatskaya Station - Arbatsko - Pokrovskaya Line is 9 minutes by foot and Arbatskaya Station - Filyovskaya Line is 11 minutes.

    Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow ¥10,920
    Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

    Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

    15/1 Mokhovaya Street, bld. 1, Moscow
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bolshoi Theatre and State Historical Museum. Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Teatral'naya Station is only a 4-minute walk and Ploshchad Revolyutsii Station is 10 minutes.

      Hotel Metropol Moscow ¥13,607
      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 Ploshchad Revolyutsii Station is 6 minutes.

        Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow ¥5,769
        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. Borovitskaya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Teatral'naya Station is 13 minutes.

          Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Centre, Moscow ¥2,994
          Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Centre, Moscow

          Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel and Business Centre, Moscow

          Europe Square, 2, Moscow
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Dorogomilovo, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Arbat Street. Moscow Kremlin and Bolshoi Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Kiyevsky Station and Moscow Kievsky Station are within a 2-minute walk.

            Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow ¥16,460
            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 Red Square. St. Basil's Cathedral and Bolshoi Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Novokuznetskaya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 10 minutes.

              AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow ¥4,536
              AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow

              AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow

              8 Smolenskaya Street, Moscow
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Arbat, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Arbat Street. Vakhtangova Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Smolenskaya Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kiyevsky Station is 12 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.