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Airdrie, United Kingdom
August 8, 2006
It is not possible to enter any of the government buildings at the Kremlin, however, there are many churches and cathedrals inside that visitors can explore. Be warned though your ticket only allows entrance to each of these places once so see everything you want to before you leave. Places which you can visit include the Assumption Cathedral, Annunciation Cathedral, Archangel's Cathedral, Ivan the Great Bell-Tower, Church of the Laying Our Lady's Holy Robe, Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell.
Also worth a look around are the Secret Gardens which are extremely beautiful. The Armoury is situated within the Kremlin also but getting tickets can be a nightmare. I couldn't get a ticket to enter alone so it is worthwhile taking part in an organised tour of this if you really want to see it.
Overall the Kremlin is a wonderful place to visit as you really do get a feeling of the power that has come from these buildings throughout history.
From journal 6 Weeks in Moscow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 10, 2003
We went to the armoury, which is so much more than that! The old dresses are fantastic - and the Faberge eggs - the only place we saw them. The armour was good too, great for the boys!
The Kremlin, for beign the seat of government looks very like a museum - for one very good reason. Many of the government buildings are underground. As you come in, look in the glass fronted building to your right, and you'll see lots of escaltors going down into the earth. This is because, under Communism, it was not permitted to build any higher than the Cathedrals in the Kremlin (bizarre given the lack of respect for God, but true all the same).
Another interesting fact, this time not from the guide, is that the Red stars on the towers are lit all the time. They have only been switched off once in recent history when a famous Russian film director, Nikita Mikhalkov, was making an historical drama about pre-revolutionery Russia, the bright red stars would have been out of place. Other film directors dream about having the power to get something like that done, but no-one else could!
The Kremlin can work out very expensive if you go and see everything as you have to pay separately for entry to different buildings, like the Cathderals, Armoury, and so on. But your entry ticket lets you wander around and see the Tsar Cannon and the Tsar bell, named for their size. The Tsar bell was broken before it ever rang, kind of a waste, but what can you do! The Cathderals are beautiful outside, but I didn't go in, so can't tell about them inside! There are lovely gardens, and a great view of the river - over to the British Embassy where they used to lie on the roof to spy on the Kremlin - and Red Square, not to mention the rest of Moscow.
From journal Awe-inspiring Moscow
by j. kathleen
May 10, 2002
The most interesting sight at the Kremlin for me was the State Armoury. It is the oldest museum in Russia. The entrance fee was around 10 dollars. This museum holds Russia's national treasures. The Armoury was fascinating because of the variety and the outright priceless nature of the items displayed. Russian art, centuries old armour and weapons, spoils of war, gifts presented to the Tsars, thrones used by the Tsars, riding equipment(one entire room is dedicated to carriages and coaches), gowns and crowns worn by the royalty are just some of the treasures housed there.
You can also see the Emperor Cannon which was built in the 1500's and is the world's largest cannon. It is worth a quick look and makes a good place for a snapshot.
Also located in the Kremlin is the Emperor Bell. The bell is the world's largest bell (20 ft. tall.) It was built in the 1700's. It is worth a quick look and is also a good place to take a snapshot.
The residence of the president of the Russian Federation is also there (no public admission.)
At the entrance to the Kremlin (where they sell tickets) is also a good place to buy t-shirts from street vendors.
From journal Weekend in Moscow
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
March 8, 2002
From journal Travels to Russia - Moscow
November 3, 2001
Allow plenty of time to explore the Kremlin. There was so much to see. I'll comment on a few of the things I remember. Probably one of the first things we came to was the Emperor Cannon ("Tsar Pushka") which is said to be the world's largest cannon. To this day, it has never been fired.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedrals are spectacular, but a bit overwhelming. Icon paintings cover EVERY INCH of the walls. The Cathedral of the Dormition was where Tsars were crowned, & contains Ivan the Terrible's 1551 throne. The Cathedral of the Annunciation was the wedding cathedral of the Tsars dating from 1490.
The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower survived the attempt by Napoleon to blow it up in 1812. The three-level inscription reads: "By the grace of the Holy Trinity & on the order of the Tsar & Grand Prince Boris Fyodorovich, autocrat of All Russia, this sacred place was completed & gilded in the second year of their reign."
As we left the Kremlin hours later, we passed the Emperor Bell ("Tsar Kolokol") said to be the world's largest bell. Cast in 1734-1735, it contains just under 80% copper. During a great fire in 1737, the bell, still in the foundry pit, had to be sprayed w/ water to prevent it melting. The difference in temperature caused an 11.5 ton piece to break off. That piece, taller than I am, sits @ the base of the bell.
While filming the bell, a heavily armed motorcade whizzed past, possibly Putin headed to his office nearby. He was preparing for a meeting w/ US President, George W. Bush.
From journal Marvelous Moscow
September 11, 2000
From journal Russia (Moscow/St. Petersburg)
September 22, 2000
From journal Moscow City of Power
Inside the walls of the citadel's watch towers were concentrated many of the most significant of Russia's oldest churches and living quarters. Over the centuries many buildings underwent changes. The churches and dwellings of the 18th and 19th Centuries are the most well preserved.
The oldest part of the Kremlin is the Cathederal Square. It is here that you will encounter the Cathederal of the Assumption which was built by the Italian architect, Aristotal Florovanty. This church served as the main Cathederal of Russia and it was here that the Tsars of Russia were crowned and where the most important political and religious ceremonies occurred.
In front of the south facade of the church of the assumption is the Cathedral of the Annunciation. This was the church of the Tsars and was built by Russian Masters in 1487-1489. There is also the Church of the Deposition of the Robe (1484-1486) which is characterized by the refined one dome construction that was built to memorize the occasion of the transfer of the Robe of the Virgin from Palestine to Konstantinopal. This church became the home church of Russian Metropolitans. Today it houses a collection of old Russian sculptures.
In 1508 the architect, Alviza Montanyana, built the Cathederal of the Archangel Michael. This church was very important until the beginning of the 18th Century because it was here that the Tsars and Dukes of Russia were buried. This changed with the death of Peter I, as he and his heirs, were buried in the Peter and paul Fortress in the new capitol city of St. Petersburg. Every church mentioned thus far are filled with collections of monumental art and some of the most venerated of all Russian icon paintings. It is important to note that the art contained in the churches was not destroyed or stolen as was often the case in occuppied parts of Russia during the first three years of WWII. Other old pieces of art and churches were destroyed the time after the Revolution of 1918.
February 25, 2008
October 17, 2010
From journal Trip to Moscow