Cathedral Square (Russian: Sobornaya ploshchad) is the
central square of the Moscow Kremlin where all of
its streets used to converge in the 15th century.
The square owes its name to the three cathedrals facing it
- Cathedral of the Dormition, Cathedral of the Archangel,
and Cathedral of the Annunciation.
Apart from these, the Palace of Facets, the Church of
the Virgin's Robe and the Church of the
Twelve Apostles are placed there.
The tallest structure on the square (and formerly in all
of Russia) is Ivan the Great Bell Tower, which also
separates Sobornaya Square from Ivanovskaya Square.
The Cathedral Square is famous as the site of solemn
coronation and funeral processions of all the Russian
tsars, patriarchs, and Grand Dukes of Moscow.
Even today, the square is used in the
inauguration ceremony of the President of Russia.
The square is also the scene of the daily changing of the
Horse Guards (a spectacular imperial tradition
restored in the 21st century).
Occasionally, operas (such as Boris Godunov) are
performed in the majestic setting of
the historic cathedrals as well.