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.
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.
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".
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.
Favorite thing Since 1990 the Kremlin and the Red Square of Moscow are a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and once again I must say: for a good reason!
Please read, what the UNESCO World Heritage committee has to say about it!
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.
Favorite thing Since 1993, every year on April, 7 (March, 25, according to the old calendar), at the Holy Day of Annunciation to Virgin Mary Patriarch of Moscow and Whole Russia Alexiy II holds church service at the Annunciation Cathedral.
Favorite thing The Cremlin is Moscow's old "fortification" or "citadel. It's the place where you can see the best architecture of Russia, and the most stunning churches and monasteries.
It was founded in 1156 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky as a wooden hut on the site of Borovitsky Hill, and since then it has witnessed the coronation of many of Russia's Tsars.
Fondest memory I like the fact that the Cremlin is not a museum but a plce where people work (and rule): Vladimir Putin has his office there. be careful not to cross the road outside the zebra crossing, or you'll be whistled at... You need to stay on the path
Favorite thing Visiting the Kremlin and admiring the Czar Bell – the bell that never rang. It was cast in 1735.
I was amazed by its size: 6.6 m in diameter, and its weight: 200 tonns.
This is an artistic monument decorated with portraits of the tsars and an ornament in relief. After the fire in the Kremlin the bell cracked and a piece broke off it. Then it was mounted on a pedestal and the fragment was placed on the ground at the side of it.
Next to the Czar Bell there stands another outstanding monument of Russian casting – the Czar Cannon.
It has a caliber of 890 mm and it weighs 40 tonns.
The cannon was to defend the gates of the Kremlin, but it never fired a single shot.
20 towers join the Kremlin walls, three of them round. The main tower is the Savior Tower.
Another must-see activity is visiting the Cathedral of St.Basil the Blessed erected in 1555-1561 to commemorate the Russian military glory after the victory over the Kazan Khanate.
It was built as a memorial to all the heroes who had fallen in the century-old struggle against the Tatars.
Its picturesque onion-shaped domes, fairytale-like attractive image shows that the Russian folk architecture knew nothing of cold ascetism.
This cathedral is rightly called the pearl of Russian architecture.
Fondest memory visiting the Kremlin
Favorite thing Few places in the world are destined to become a kind of symbol. One of them is , a symbol of great emotive power. Although the square itself is not very big (695 metres long and 130 metres wide), it impresses one by the richness and variety of its forms which merge in austere harmony. The ensemble is dominated by the Kremlin and the Lenin Mausoleum which stands by its walls. The powerful tent roofs of the Saviour and St. Nicholas towers emphasize the key position of this memorial which links the old ensemble with the present day.
Favorite thing I loved the changing of the guards,
it is a form of art and i think they are very fit people.
By the way, it is difficult to vieuw now, because they are doing al kinds of buidling work. You can see the changing of the guards, but vieuw them only behind a kind of fence!
Favorite thing Something that every tourist should go see is the Kremlin, the Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, GUM, the metro and the Lomonossov University. There is so much more to see and so many aspects of Moscow, that it really depends on the time and the way of travelling.
If you go to the Red Square, you will have 70% of the "must see places" within walking distance - and you will still need a lot of time just visiting those!
Fondest memory Standing in front of St. Basil's Cathedral - a dream had come true!!!