The Kremlin



The Arsenal




Palace of Congresses




Apparently the central window is Putin's office




The Great Kremlin Palace




The Armoury




Russian Field Cannons - 17th & 18th Century




The Tsar Cannon




The Tsar Bell




The Cathedral of The Assumption




The Patriarch's Palace




Ivan The Great Bell Tower & Belfry




The Cathedral of The Archangel




Cathedral of The Annunciation




The Faceted Palace




The Church of the Deposition of the Robe




Alexander Gardens




Tomb of the Unknown Soldier




The Grotto



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The tour of the Kremlin consists of walking by some government buildings (being careful not to step over any white lines which raises the ire of guards with whistles), then on to Cathedral square passing by a couple of "oddities", before seeing the fabulous treasuries housed in the Armoury. The couple of "oddities" are the world's biggest cannon and biggest bell. Both have never been used. The Tsar Bell has a 12-ton chunk cracked off it. If anyone tried to fire the 1-ton balls from the Tsar Cannon, it too would most probably disintegrate.


What does it say about the psyche of the world's biggest country (by landmass) that they are proud to show off a couple of the world's largest failures in the heart of their political domain?




The Kremlin has its own website with a good interactive map with 360 degree views from various points round the complex.











Visiting on a Sunday, none of the Government offices seemed to be in use.













































No photography allowed in the Armoury. Shame, there were some fabulous treasures.



















































This 16th century monstrosity is technically a mortar not a cannon, but so what?






























This 18th century bell never got beyond the foundry stage.























The Cathedral Square is the central square of the Moscow Kremlin where all of its streets used to converge in the 15th century. There are three cathedrals surrounding this square as well as a couple of churches and palaces and a unique belfry ensemble. After the Red Square, this is the most photogenic square in Moscow.


Though most of the buildings  in this square are open, on our (rushed) tour, we only managed to briefly visit one, the splendid Cathedral of the Assumption.


Again unfortunately photography is forbidden inside.










































Belfries don't come more spectacular than this ensemble.

































































































































Alexander Gardens adjoin the Western side of the Kremlin. A great place to have a peaceful stroll in the centre of Moscow.



















































The Grotto is an unusual commemoration of the victory against Napoleon.












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