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    Moscow - Ivan the Great belltower
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    Moscow - Ivan the Great belltower
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    Ivan the Great belltower

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 10, 2015

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    The architectural ensemble of the Ivan the Great Belltower includes the pillar-belltower, the belfry and the Philaret extension. The architect Bon Friazin constructed initial belltower in 1505-1508 on a place of ancient church John Lestvichnik of the XIV century.

    The height of the belltower was about 60 meters. The pillar of the belltower was built on at tsar Boris Godunov and 81 meter was reached. The pillar served muscovites as a sentry and fire tower. It is possible to survey vicinities almost on 30 kilometers from its height.

    You can watch my 2 min 56 sec Video Moscow Kremlin Cathedrals and their bells part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    The Tzar Bell

    by Odiseya Written Dec 1, 2012

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    The Tzar Bell (Russian: Царь–колокол, read: Tsar-kolokol), also known as the Tsarsky Kolokol or or Royal Bell, is placed between The bell is a 6.14 m high and 6.6m wide with weigh of 201,924 kg. It was made of bronze, but it was broken during casting and has never been rung. The bell is currently the largest bell in the world.
    The Tsar Bell is located between the Ivan the Great Bell Tower and the Kremlin Wall.

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    Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    by kris-t Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    The Ivan the Great Bell Tower is the tallest structure in the Kremlin (81 m or 266 ft).

    It was built in 1505-08. From the top of the tower - which wasincreased in height by Boris Godunov in 1600, making it the tallest towerin Russia at that time - the view extends for some 40 km (25 miles), soit was a strategic watch tower. There are 329 steps to the top.

    The firsttier of the Bell-Tower housed the ancient Church of St.John Climacus. In1532-43, the master builder Petrok Maly added a belfry to the Bell Tower; in the 17th century, the so-called Filaret Annex was added to the tower'snorthern side.

    The Bell Tower and belfry still carry 21 bells which areremarkable creations of Russian foundry art. When Napoleon'sarmy retreated from Moscow in 1812 the belfry and annex were blown up. The belfry and annex were restored in 1819, designed by the architect Domenico Gilardi.

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    Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    The magnificent Ivan the Great Bell Tower soars above the Kremlin complex to a height of 81 meters and from its highest windows you can see for almost 30 kilometers across the sprawling city of Moscow. The bell tower was built for the Kremlin's Assumption, Archangel and Annunciation Cathedrals, which did not have their own belfries. In 1600 when the tower was finished this was the tallest building in Moscow.

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    Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    by brazwhazz Written Dec 3, 2007

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    Standing at 81 metres, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower is the tallest building in old Moscow. In fact, until the 20th century, it was forbidden to build anything higher in the city.

    The bell tower was not always this high: it only reached its current height in the early 17th century, when a third level was added on the order of Boris Godunov.

    The bell tower is flanked by the Assumption Belfry, built from 1532 to 1543. Also topped with a golden dome, it contains 21 bells, including the Great Assumption Bell, which was traditionally ringed three times whenever a tsar died. The shatior (tent)-roofed building next to the Assumption Belfry is a later addition from the mid-17th century, commissioned by Patriarch Filaret.

    Finally, the main attraction beside the bell tower is the Tsar Bell. Its name means the "tsar of bells," not the "bell of tsars." At 212 tons, it is the largest bell in the world (by comparison, the Great Assumption Bell weighs "only" 64 tons), but sadly it was never used -- during the 1737 Kremlin fire, the bell was still in the casting pit when it was struck with cold water, causing an 11-tonne chunk to chip off. Both the Tsar Bell and its detached piece are on display behind the bell tower.

    Ivan the Great Bell Tower The tsar bell and its 11-ton, 6-foot tall fragment
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    The Ivan great bell tower

    by xaver Written May 5, 2006

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    The ivan the terrible bell tower is the highest building in the kremlin, you can see him from 30 kilometers away, before XX century in moscow it was forbidden to build a higher tower.
    It has been built betwen sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    An exhibition room is now open at the ground floor of the assumption belfry.
    Behind the tower there is the tzar bell high 6 meters, large 6,6 and its weight is 200 tons.
    It’s the biggest bell of the world and it never rang.

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    The Tsar Bell

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    In 1701 the great bell that had hung in the Ivan the Great Bell Tower fell from its belfry and was broken. The metal from this bell was then used to cast a new one but this bell too was fated - somehow water was splashed on it whilst it was cooling and a piece fell off. Some piece! the bit that fell out weighed 11 tonnes. The bell was never to ring - it was placed on a pedestal beside the tower, and there it stands still today.

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    Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jul 16, 2005

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    For centuries, this bell tower was the tallest building in Moscow. Even today it is a wonderful landmark, standing high above all the other domes and towers of the Kremlin. Unfortunately, climbing the tower is not permitted - think of the view you would get!
    Instead, you will have to be content with gazing at it from the outside and maybe visiting whatever exhibition is being staged inside - currently that means new acquisitions for the Kremlin collections.

    A bell tower was first built in 1505, the tower added in the 1530s and subsequently raised to its current height in 1600.

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    the cremlin (6): Ivan the Great bell tower

    by Sioma Updated Feb 15, 2004

    Kolokolnja Ivana belnkogo...this is the higher building of the Kremlin, and for many years also the higher of the whole Moscow (it wasn't allowed to build higer tower)
    Near the bell tower there's the bell (tzar kolokol, zar bell )....it seems it's the bigger in the world (more than 200 tons of weight ! ); anyway, it was never put on the tower, because damaged during the melting process.

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    Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    by Sharrie Written Dec 17, 2003

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    This is one of the first buildings we came across upon entering the Kremlin.

    B4 that, you've to queue to get into the Kremlin. As with any other tourist attraction in the world, the queue is long. While we were queing, there were some Russian chaps trying to sell us postcards, magazines & Russian caps. The caps are great souvenir items. I bought a couple for my colleagues & they love them.

    Ok, let's get going...

    Marco Bon Firazin is the designer of the tower. The name was derived from the Church of St. Ivan Climacus (which was the building occupying this site in the 14th century). The bell tower (hence the Great) was the tallest building in Moscow in 1600. It was built in 1505-08.

    The Assumption Belfry was built beside the Bell Tower 30 years later & holds 21 bells. The largest bell (known as the Assumption Bell) was tolled 3X when the tsar passed away.

    The Tsar Bell is the largest bell in the world & is placed just outside this tower.

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    Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    by Canadienne Written Oct 14, 2003

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    At the time of its building (1505-8), the Ivan the Great Bell Tower was, at 80+ metres, the tallest building in Moscow. Despite its height, its construction was solid and it was one of only a few buildings that escaped the destructive fires that swept through the Kremlin on several occasions.

    The neighbouring Assumption belfry held a special exhibit (read: extra ticket) of Faberge eggs when we visited ~ you may be lucky enough to view them in their normal home, the State Armory. We were a bit put out that their "absence" from the Armory was unannounced, but the extra cost was still worthwhile ~ each tiny egg is a masterpiece.

    Ivan the Great Bell Tower & Assumption Belfry
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    IVAN THE GREAT BELL TOWER

    by lidia664 Written Jan 8, 2003

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    IVAN THE GREAT BELL TOWER is the tallest structure in the Kremlin (81 m or 266 ft). It was built in 1505-08. From the top of the tower - which was increased in height by Boris Godunov in 1600, making it the tallest tower in Russia at that time - the view extends for some 40 km (25 miles), so it was a strategic watch tower. There are 329 steps to the top. The Bell Tower and belfry still carry 21 bells which are remarkable creations of Russian foundry art. When Napoleon's army retreated from Moscow in 1812 the belfry and annex were blown up. The belfry and annex were restored in 1819, designed by the architect Domenico Gilardi.

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    The  Bell  Tower of  Ivan ...

    by aliante1981 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The  Bell  Tower of  Ivan  the  Great.
    Situated in the Kremlin, it was for quite a bit of time the highest building in Moscow - but that time is well over, of course. For the record, the bell tower dates back to the 16th century. However, I found the collection from the Kremlin museums exposed there actually more interesting than the bell tower itself.

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    ivan the great bell tower

    by doug48 Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    the ivan the great bell tower was originally built in 1508. in 1600 it's height was extended by tsar boris godunov. at the time it was the tallest building in moscow.

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