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Ice Cave opening

17 May 2018

Today the Ice Cave – a spatial art installation by artist Aleksandr Ponomarev and architect Aleksey Kozyr – will open its doors to visitors in Zaryadye. Around the corner from the Kremlin the authors have created a piece that takes the viewers on a journey through ice and snow, invites them to enjoy the beauty of the shimmering crystals covering the columns and walls of the Ice Cave. Feel the depth and greatness of the nature of the North.

Almost 70 tons of water were frozen to achieve a beautiful 750m² ice mantle on 14 kilometers of curved tubes.


You enter the Cave through a sluice which at once makes you feel like you’re on a polar station. The Cave covered with ice and snow is dimly lit by white LEDs. The temperature here remains between -4 and -9°C all year round.

The authors were inspired by the complicated process of cave formation and its rich history – ancient people started using caves as shelter thousands of years ago. Many have left footprints and cave paintings there defining many caves as art memorials. The creators of the installation have been fascinated by the power and mystique associated with caves. When inside you’ll feel logic giving way to hearing, tactile perception, instincts, intuition. There are thousands of caves on the territory of Russia but not many are open to the public, some are not fully investigated, many aren’t even accessible.


Grab a sweater if you are planning a visit to the Ice Cave so the cold doesn’t distract you from the surrounding beauty. If you forget to bring one, there will be blankets available for purchase at the box office.

The opening is at 7:30 p.m.

Opening hours from May 18th:
Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sessions will run every 30 minutes. Tickets will be available at the Media Center box office and in the Nature center.

Ticket prices:
Ages 18 and up – 200₽
7 to 18 years old – 100₽
Children under 7 – free

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