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  • Red Square - State Historical Museum
    Red Square - State Historical Museum
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    Red Square - GUM Department Store
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    Red Square - Lobnoe Mesto
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    Red Square

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 17, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The famous Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) has always been a place of great public events like political rallies, demonstrations and military parades.

    The square has a slight curvature and dimensions of about 400 m length and 150 m width.

    It is surrounded by many well worthseeing sights like the Lenin Mausoleum, St. Basil's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral, the Lobnoe Mesto, the GUM Department Store, the Kremlin Walls and the Historical Museum.

    For detailed information about some of these sights, please have a look at my "Things to Do Tips".

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    St. Basilio Cathedral

    by xaver Written May 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: This is one of the places that even if I seen hundreds of times in photo, still surprised me once I got there, infact there is no picture nor movie that can prepare you to the incredible fusion of forms and colours carateristic of this Cathedral.
    This is considered the symbol of russia and it has been built betwen 1555 and 1561 replacing an old church that was in the same point, to celebrate the occupancy of the tartar Kazan by Ivan the great the october 1st 1552.

    Fondest memory: Legend says that Ivan the great made the architect blind in order to avoid him to build anything similar in the future.
    The cathedral is open every day but thursday since 11 untill 17 and the cost of the ticket is 100 rubles.

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    The Kremlin, The Arsenal

    by kris-t Updated Jan 9, 2011

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    The Kremlin, The Arsenal

    Favorite thing: The Arsenal's building has a long history. The construction began in 1702 on the initiative of Peter I according to the plan of his own.
    The Arsenal was to be used not only like an armoury and ammunition storehouse but also like a museum-depository of captures and ancient weapons. The largest Moscow building of Peter the Great's epoch was placed in the northern corner of the Kremlin's territory, between the Troitskaya (Trinity) and Nikolskaya Towers, free after the 1701 fire.

    Fondest memory: In spite of long construction, the original building's composition has survived. The trapeze-shaped low edifice with a sizable inner yard and two arched passageways is made of brick. The architecture of the two-story fasades gives an impression of solid durability.

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    The Kremlin

    by dlandt Updated Mar 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Not all of the Kremlin is open to the public. It is, after all, the functioning international capital of a superpower. You can pay some money to go to the part that is open to the public, where they have seven very nice churches you can see. To me they kind of all looked alike except for one. The crowds are kind of hard to handle. If you see one or two of the churches, that's enough, the rest is mostly more of the same. The displays of medieval insignia and heraldry in one building are very interesting.

    Fondest memory: The arsenal is across from these churches and I would have liked to seen it. It is open in a limited way but I couldn't find out where to buy tickets. When I approached the building, soldiers warned me off, as they do from the other restricted areas. Really, only a small part of the complex is open to the public. Watch out for those crowds though.

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    The Kremlin, The Archangel's Cathedral

    by kris-t Updated Jan 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The history of the Archangel's Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin dates back to the XIV century: in 1333, the first Great Moscow Prince Ivan Kalita (Money-bag) ordered to lay the foundation of a white-stone church devoted to St. Archangel Michael respected in Rus as a guardian of soldiers and Russian princes in their feats of arms.

    Fondest memory: The cathedral was first adorned with wall-painting in the reign of Ivan the Terrible.

    The ancient murals have not survived except small fragments on pillars and several compositions of the altar and the tsars shrine. In 1652-1666, the cathedral was painted a new by a big team of Russian masters.

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    'The Kremlin, The Assumption Cathedral's icons

    by kris-t Updated Jan 12, 2011

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    The Assumption Cathedral's icons

    Favorite thing: The murals of 1642-1943 and the grand iconostasis of 1653 create the present-day look of the cathedral.

    In front of the iconostasis you can see Tsar's, Tsarina's and Patriarch's praying-seats. The Tsar's one is of special interest. At the south-western corner higher its bronze marquee.

    After the Revolution of 1917, the Assumption Cathedral became a museum. Making the exposition, the staff tried to preserve the interior. Thanks to permanent restoration works practically all the icons and murals were open up. Since 1990, church services have been recommenced.

    Fondest memory: In XIV-XVII centuries, the Assumption Cathedral was the burial place of the Russian Orthodox Church heads - Metropolitans and Patriarchs. You still can see sarcophagi through glass covering.

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    The Water Supplying (Vodovzvodnaya) Tower

    by kris-t Updated Sep 29, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The tower stands at the south-west corner of the Kremlin. Built in 1488 it had a specific importance in the Kremlin’s fortification system as it protected shallow waters near the Neglinnaya River’s mouth.

    The Vodovzvodnaya Tower had a well and a secret underground passage towards the Moskva River. In 1633 a water-pumping machine was installed inside the tower to take water from the Moskva River and send it along lead-coated pipes to the Kremlin Gardens. After that, the tower was called the Vodovzvodnaya, i.e. Water-Supplying.

    In 1672-1686, the tower was overbuilt with an extra stone level and a marquee.

    Fondest memory: During the Napoleon’s invasion of 1812, the tower was blown up. Later it was rebuilt under the supervision of architect Ossip Bove.

    In 1937, the Vodovzvodnaya Tower was crowned by a ruby star.

    Its height without the star is 57,7 m, with the star – 61,25 m.

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    The Kremlin, The Ivan the Great Bell Tower complex

    by kris-t Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower complex is the key of the Moscow Kremlin's composition.
    It separates Cathedral Square from Ivanov Square.

    Fondest memory: The ensemble had been constructed for over than three centuries - from 1505 till 1815. It includes three objects of different time: the pillar of the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower, the Uspenskaya (Assumption) Belfry and the Filaret's Annex.

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    The Kremlin, The Senate Tower

    by kris-t Updated Jan 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The interstitial tower mainly protected the Kremlin's side facing Red Square. It must have been built in 1490-s. The tower's shape is simular to the Nabatnaya, Komendantskaya and Oruzheinaya Towers

    Fondest memory: In 1680-s, it was overbuilt with a marquee topped with a weathervane. After the Kremlin Senate had been erected in 1787 by Matvei Kazakov, the tower was given its name.

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    The Saviour Tower

    by kris-t Updated Sep 30, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The 70 m (230 ft) high Saviour Tower is the most magnificent of the Kremlin towers, the very symbol and emblem of Moscow.
    From time immemorial it has been the principal entrance to the Kremlin. The tower, like its two neighbors tothe north, was built in 1491 by the Italian architect Pietro Solari.

    The tower was given its name in 1658, when an icon of Christ was set up over the entrance. Before the October Revolution peaple were required to take their hats off when passing through the gate.

    It was not tall originally, but then it was added to in 1624-1625 and adorned with white-stone sculptures.

    Fondest memory: The first clock was set into the tower in the 16th century. In the 17th century it was replaced by a chiming clock made by the English master Christopher Halloway. Subsequently, the clock's mechanism has been changed repeatedly.

    The Kremlin chimes that adorn the tower today were made in 1851-1852 by the brothers N. and P. Butenop. The gigantic mechanism (about 25 tons) of the carillon occupies 3 storeys of the tower.

    Until the October Revolution the carillon played the tsarist national anthem, and between 1917 and 1941 it played the "Internationale". The clock now only strikes the hours.

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    The Kremlin, The Assumption Cathedral

    by kris-t Updated Jan 12, 2011

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    Favorite thing: For six centuries the Assumption Cathedral had been the state and cultural center of Russia: Great Princes were set for reigning and local princes swore fealty, inaugurations of Tsars and coronations of Emperors took place here. Bishops, Metropolitans and Patriarchs were inaugurated, statements and ceremonial documents were publicly read, church services before military campaigns and in case of a victory were held at the Assumption Cathedral.

    Fondest memory: The first stone cathedral's foundation was laid in 1326 by the first Moscow Metropolitan Peter and Prince Ivan Kalita (Money-bag). In late XV century, Great Prince Ivan III who had consolidated all Russian princedoms under the power of Moscow, began the construction of the new residence from rebuilding of the Assumption Cathedral.
    It was erected by a specially invited Italian architect in 1479.

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    The A.R.C.E.C. Kremlin Military School

    by kris-t Updated Jan 12, 2011

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    The A.R.C.E.C. Kremlin Military School

    Favorite thing: The A.R.C.E.C. Kremlin Military School was erected in 1932-1934 on the project of architect Ilya Rherberg on the place of the Chudov Monastery and the Ascension Nunnery abolished in 1929.

    Fondest memory: My grandfather was one of the Kremlin Military School students in 1919-1922. And even had a short conversation with Lenin onse...

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    Celebrating Independence Day - 12th of June

    by Pablos_new Updated Jul 22, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Red square is usual place for different celebrations. There are parades, salutes, fireworks etc.

    If you look carefully at the picture, you can notice "swarm of flyes" between two towers of Kremlin. Next shot (made in three seconds) you can see at one of my "off beaten path" - it apeared to be aviation parade - a number of MIGs and SUs jets. The whole action lasted less that 30 sec. ;-)

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    The Secret (Tainitskaya) Tower

    by kris-t Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The central tower of the southern Kremlin's wall. Built in 1485 by Anton Fryazin instead of the old white-stone Kremlin's Chushkov Gate of the epoch of Dmitry Donskoi.

    In the end of the XVth century, after it was built, the construction of new fortifications was started in the Kremlin.

    Fondest memory: In 1862, a decorative strelnitsa in the XVIIth century Russian architectural style was attached to the tower. It was dismantled during the renovation of 1930-1933.

    The height of the tower is 38,4 m.

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    The Red spot of Red Square

    by pretty33555 Written Jun 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It's the office of Mr.Putin and his predecessors:)
    Actually there were times, in old communistic times, when Kremlin also functioned as an appartment for the families of political party leaders and those who related to those parties. In fact it was a big govermental dorm:) one could see their kids playing and riding their bikes around Red Square:D

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