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St. Basil's Cathedral, also known by its much longer title as the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat, is the most iconic landmark in Russia. It's located in Red Square, immediately recognizable by its unique bonfire-style design.

Built in the mid-16th century under the orders of Ivan the Terrible himself, (a popular legend says he had the architect blinded to prevent him from duplicating the beauty) St. Basil's Cathedral is most known for its vibrantly colored onion domes. Frommer's says the cathedral is "essentially a union of nine different churches and styles, and nine different chapels, beneath nine domes, each unique in size, form, and color."

Travelers say that the interior is relatively plain and that you shouldn't bother if you're pressed for time. Fodor's says, "Compared with the exotic exterior, the dark and simple interiors are somewhat disappointing." If you do feel like touring the inside, you'll find that it's relatively small, so an hour will be more than enough time.

Admission will set you back around $3 USD (or 100 rubles). The cathedral is usually open daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (it's always closed the first Monday of the month).

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#1 Red Square One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly ... Read more » Anton Fomkin / Flickr

#2 Tretyakov Gallery Many say the Tretyakov Gallery features the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. This museum is filled to the brim with masterpieces ranging from the 11th century ... Read more » Bernt Rostad / Flickr

#3 St. Basil's Cathedral St. Basil's Cathedral, also known by its much longer title as the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat, is the most iconic landmark in Russia. It's ... Read more » Philippe Jacquemart / EyeEm / Getty Images

#4 Cathedral of Christ the Savior The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is located along the bank of the Moscow River and only a few blocks away from the Kremlin. Tourists come to the cathedral for ... Read more » Bernt Rostad / Flickr

#5 Moscow Kremlin Often referred to simply as "The Kremlin," this fortress is located in the center of Moscow, off of the Red Square. It is the most well known of the Kremlins ... Read more » Mr. Anujak Jaimook / Getty Images

#6 Lenin's Mausoleum Lenin's Mausoleum is located in Red Square and is probably one of the stranger tourist attractions you'll ever come across. It contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin ... Read more » Azov / Wikimedia Commons

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#8 Moscow Zoo Originally founded in 1864, the Moscow Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals and more than 1,000 different species. Read more » Ksenia Krylova / Wikimedia Commons

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The Tretyakov Gallery may be the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. Bernt Rostad / Flickr

St. Basil's Cathedral is located in the Red Square and is probably the most iconic landmark in Russia. Philippe Jacquemart / EyeEm / Getty Images

The cathedral features brilliant architecture and design, and has a very bizarre history behind it. Bernt Rostad / Flickr

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Lenin's Mausoleum promises to be one of the most bizarre tourist sites you ever encounter. Azov / Wikimedia Commons

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The Moscow Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals. Ksenia Krylova / Wikimedia Commons

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