Religious diversity of Moscow

Moscow is a melting pot for all types of religion, hence, there are many temples, churches, cathedrals, mosques and other places of worship for people of different faiths. Many of these places are open to the public and are worth visiting for their ambiance and beauty outside and within.

Orthodox — St. Basil’s Cathedral

Not only is it an architectural wonder in its own, it has also been a symbol of Moscow since the 16th century. Located on the Red Square, today, it combines 10 Orthodox churches, each of them is named after a different saint and a museum, which is a part of the Russian Historical Museum. It’s worth mentioning that the St. Basil’s Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its shape resembles the flames of a bonfire rising up to the sky.

Address:

1 Red Square

Hours:

from 1 June to 31 August: 10 AM — 6 PM (6, 8 August — are days-off), 1 September — 7 November: 11 AM — 6 PM, 8 November — 30 April: 11 AM — 5 PM, 1 May — 31 May: 11 AM  — 6 PM (the first Wednesday of May is day-off)

Admission:

a ticket to the Pokrovsky Cathedral for adults is about 18$

 

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Catholic — The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary

The beautiful  gothic cathedral resembles the gothic cathedral in Westminster and was built in 1906. But after the Revolution 1917, the cathedral was closed and during the Soviet reign, until the 90s, it was used as a dormitory. Now, services are held there in Polish, Spanish, Russian, English and even Korean. Also, you can attend a concert of organ music here.

Address:

27/13 Malaya Grusinskaya ulitsa

Hours:

8 AM — 12.45 PM, 3.30 PM — 8 PM

Admission:

free

 

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Anglican — St Andrew’s Anglican Church

This is the only Anglican church in Moscow, and one of  3 in Russia. In the 16th century, Ivan the Terrible allowed the  English to worship according to their own beliefs and to build their own church for this purpose. Unfortunately, the first building was destroyed by fire and then the church moved to the current building. But a difficult fate of the Anglican church followed it for the next years. Once the Bolsheviks started the Revolution in 1917, they occupied the tower and used it as a machine gun post, then the church was confiscated and used as a hostel for girls, and as a house of diplomats. Subsequently, the recording studio “Melodia” moved into the building. O only in 1994, after Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Russia, the building was returned to the church.

St. Andrew’s is the setting for concerts held most Thursday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm.

Address:

8/5 Voznesensky pereulok

Hours:

according to the calendar at the site http://moscowanglican.org/facebook/

Admission:

free, the price of the concerts varies from 13$ to 17$

 

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Lutheran — St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

The parish of the Church is one of the oldest Lutheran parishes in Russia. As with many other churches, it was closed during the Soviets regime, the precious things were stolen by the Bolsheviks and the building was given to the “Diafilm” studio.  The studio changed the layout of the church and changed the interior, the steeple was disassembled. The building was returned to the church in 1992, and fully restored only in 2017.

Address:

7/10  Starosadsky pereulok

Hours:

9 AM — 9 PM

Admission:

free

Website: https://www.lutherancathedral.ru/english/

 

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Baptist — Moscow Central of Evangelical Christianity Baptists

The church is open every day, but most people visit the church  on Saturday or Sunday — the favorite days of the parishioners. An excursion through the church is available on your request. The pride of the church is an old and one of the biggest organs in Moscow, which you can see during the excursion.  It was built in the 19th century and construction lasted 2 years. Now it is a Cultural and Historical Memorial. To listen to the organ come on the last Sunday of each month at 3 PM.

Address:

3 Maliy Trehsvyatitelky pereulok

Hours:

10 AM — 7 PM

Admission:

free, organ concerts on Sundays are also free.

 

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Islam — Moscow Cathedral Mosque

It is the main Moscow Mosque and one of the biggest mosques in Russia and Europe. Built in 1904, it was completely renovated in 2015. Now, it is a beautiful six-storied building with a museum, where medieval and modern day artefacts are stored, including an accurate copy of the Silver Koran and a hair from Prophet Muhammad.  The carved doors of the mosque were a gift from the Turkish government, as well as a chandelier and prayer mats.

Don’t forget to cover your arms, head and and legs to go inside. Female visitors should also cover their heads.

Address:

7 Vypolzov pereulok

Hours:

11 AM — 6.30 PM, Friday  is day off. Prayers have their own schedule.

Admission:

free, excursion is about 5$

 

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Judaism — Moscow Choral Synagogue

The building was designed by Semyon Eybushitts in 1886, based on a synagogue in Vienna — a big domed basilica with David’s board which was built in. Subsequently, the dome was disassembled. This was followed by a long and tedious restoration process that has lead to a near complete restoration of the Synagogue to its former glory. The place is open to visitors on all days, except for Saturdays.

Address:

10/1 B. Spasoglinischevskyi pereulok

Hours:

Monday — Friday 8.30 AM — 8 PM, it is closed in Saturdays Sunday and Russian government holidays 9:00 AM

Admission:

free

Website:

http://centralsynagogue.ru/?lang=en

 

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