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 "One had a twisted design, red, on a green ground; another, all prickly angles, yellow and black; a third was ornamented with scales of blue and crimson; a [fourth] was in quarters like a melon."
– Katharine Blanche Guthrie

St. Basil's Cathedral is a Renaissance Era Wonder in Civilization VI: Rise and Fall. It must be built adjacent to a City Center.


St. Basil's Cathedral will hugely boost Tourism Tourism output even after The Enlightenment has been researched. This strategy also works if you have built Mont St. Michel and focus on purchasing Apostles. If going this route, St. Basil, St. Michel, and any other building capable of holding Relic Relics should be built in the same city to maximize the Tourism Religious Tourism buff. Effort should also be made to get Cristo Redentor to keep the bonuses.

Even if you do not have a reliable way to farm Relic Relics, this Wonder can solely be used as "Tundra Petra" and it still pays off really well. The prime example for this would be Russia, with their civilization bonus making Tundra so much better already. Considering that not many civilizations will have a Tundra city or care about Relic Relics, not many opponents will compete against you for this Wonder, so you yourself can settle one city on Tundra and try to rush it.

Civilopedia entry[]

The large, dramatically colored cathedral near Moscow’s Moskva River officially bore the name “Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat,” but most people referred to it as “St. Basil’s.” Also, the shorter name fits better on maps. Ivan the Terrible commissioned its construction in 1555 to commemorate victories achieved during his reign.

Despite Ivan’s namesake, the cathedral turned out to be anything but terrible. The cathedral is reminiscent of a Russian nesting doll, consisting of eight separate clustered churches rather than a single one. Though St. Basil’s was originally a drab white, it received a fresh coat of bold, patterned paint in 1860 that has defined it since.


  • During Soviet times the cathedral served on and off as a museum; on at least one occasion during the Stalin era it narrowly avoided being demolished as part of Stalin's grandiose urban "modernization" schemes.
  • The word "fourth" is spelled "forth" in the subtitles for this wonder's completion movie.




Civilization VI- Rise and Fall - St. Basil's Cathedral (Wonder Movies)

Civilization VI Wonders [edit]
Wonders AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station R&F-Only.pngAngkor Wat1Apadana1Big BenBiosphère1Bolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación R&F-Only.pngChichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãEtemenanki1Forbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge GS-Only.pngGreat Bath GS-Only.pngGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel Barkal1Kilwa Kisiwani R&F-Only.pngKotoku-in R&F-Only.pngMachu Picchu GS-Only.pngMahabodhi TempleMausoleum at Halicarnassus1Meenakshi Temple GS-Only.pngMont St. MichelOracleOrszágház GS-Only.pngOxford UniversityPanama Canal GS-Only.pngPetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty R&F-Only.pngStatue of Zeus1St. Basil's Cathedral R&F-Only.pngStonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal R&F-Only.pngTemple of Artemis R&F-Only.pngTerracotta ArmyTorre de Belém1University of Sankore GS-Only.pngVenetian Arsenal
Natural Wonders Bermuda Triangle1Chocolate Hills GS-Only.pngCliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch R&F-Only.pngEye of the Sahara R&F-Only.pngEyjafjallajökull1Fountain of Youth1Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway1Gobustan GS-Only.pngGreat Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay1Ik-Kil GS-Only.pngKakadu2Lake Retba R&F-Only.pngLysefjord1Mato Tipila GS-Only.pngMatterhorn R&F-Only.pngMount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima R&F-Only.pngMount Vesuvius GS-Only.pngPaïtiti1Pamukkale GS-Only.pngPantanalPinnacles2PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda GS-Only.pngTorres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow R&F-Only.pngUluru1Vinland2YosemiteZhangye Danxia R&F-Only.png
1 Requires a DLC2 Specific scenarios only

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only.png Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.