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        The word Kremlin means a fortress, and for many centuries the Moscow Kremlin protected the people of Moscow from all kinds of enemies, but mostly from the Tatar raids. The 1st fortification wall was built in 1156. It was made of oak. During its long history the Kremlin was more than once raided by nomads, it was the arena of numerous feudal wars and devastating fires, but each time it returned to life and continued to grow. In the 14th century during the reign of Dmitry of the Don its area grew 7 times and was surrounded by a white stone wall. Further changes were made in the 15th century under Ivan III. During his reign the brick wall that we see today was built. The wall is 1,5 miles long, up to 55 feet high and up to 15 feet thick. The wall is decorated with the swallow’s / fish tail design modeled after medieval Italian fortresses. The wall was built by Italian architects Marko Ruffo and Pietro Antonio Solari and completed in 1506.

        The wall has 20 towers and 3 of them are entry towers. Today the area of the Kremlin is 28 hectares or about 64 acres.

        As a matter of fact Kremlin today incorporates structures starting from the 14th to the 20th century. Among them are church buildings, museums, palaces, service buildings and other hallmarks.


    It was inaugurated in 1961 for the delegates of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party. The Congress Hall seats 6000 people. It strikes a sharp contrast to the other structures and somehow not to affect the beauty of the ensemble the height of the building was lowered 45 feet down in the ground. Today it is the home of the Kremlin Ballet Company and it is also used for concerts, New Year parties and other social activities. Soon after it was built they crossed Kremlin out of the UNESCO list of the main tourists’ attractions of the world for a few years. But now it’s on the list again.

    Opposite the Palace there is the former ARSENAL.

    It was built by the order of Peter the Great in 1736. It took over 30 years to build it. It was the only building commissioned by Peter the Great in Moscow when he was a Russian emperor. During its long history the building was damaged several times – in the 18th century by the fire and in the 19th century by the French troops. It underwent a series of reconstruction until it gained the present appearance. It was built as a storehouse of weapons, but it was never used in that function. Today it houses headquarters of Kremlin guards. Its façade wall is adorned with stucco molding representing various military objects. In front of the main façade are over 800 canons both Russian and foreign ones. Most of them were taken as trophies during Napoleon war.

        The celebrated Russian architect Matvey Kazakov constructed the former SENATE building in the 18th century.

    It was designed for the Russian Parliament. Now the building houses the President’s office. On the 1st floor was the study of Lenin where he worked until 1922. Then he fell ill and had to move to the country. There he died in 1924 at the age of 54. Next to the Senate is a yellow-and-white building constructed in the 1930s. The President’s Staff also uses it.

        One of the hallmarks is the TSAR CANON. A Russian master cast it in 1586. It weights 40 tons and has a bore of 36 inches. The canon balls are decorative each weighing 1 ton. The canon was designed to fire with stone shrapnel but never fired.

        The TSAR BELL claims to be the heaviest bell in the world. It was constructed in 1735. There was a fire in 1737. The bell was still in the pit surrounded by wooden scaffolding. The wooden scaffolding caught fire, the bell got red hot, people poured water on the scaffolding to put out the fire, an the bell gave many cracks. It remained in the pit for a hundred years. When they were lifting it from the pit a big piece of 12 tons fell off. The inside clapper does not belong here. The bell is adorned with relieves of Alexey Romanov and Empress Anna.

         IVAN THE GREAT BELFRY was completed in 1600 under Boris Godunov. It took almost 100 years to build it stage by stage. And until the mid 20th century it was the highest structure in Moscow. Its height is 240 feet or 81 meters. In its time it was not allowed to build up any structure higher than the belfry. And when prince Menshikov, Peter’s best friend and follower, built a bell tower a little bit higher than this one it was destroyed by a lightning. People saw God’s punishment in that fact.

        Next to this tall belfry there are two more bell towers built by an Italian architect in the 16th century. One of them has the largest bell of Moscow, its weight is 70 tons and it was cast in 1817. This huge bell gave the signal for the other Moscow churches on the Easter night. In 1812 the French blew up the top of these 2 belfries. They were rebuilt but not to the original state. As for the Great Ivan Belfry it gave a crack but survived.


         The east wall of the palace is faced with rusticated stone in the form of diamond facets. The palace was built as an audience hall for the tsars. Here Ivan the Terrible received ambassadors from his throne and his boyars, Russian medieval aristocrats used to sit along the walls on benches. They had long beards, tall hats and long coats. The hall could house up to 600 guests. Today the F.P. is still used to host formal receptions and official dinners for visiting dignitaries. Italians built it; it’s the oldest secular building in the Kremlin.


          The palace was commissioned by Nicolas I and was completed in 1849. The old palace that stood on its place was a mixture of various chambers, chapels and service buildings. It was a picturesque ensemble haphazardly joined together by passageways, corridors, and stairways. The structure was not suitable for use as an imperial residence, and when building a new palace most of the premises were renovated, repaired and brought back to life after a long period of neglect. Thus, the survival of the oldest part of the Kremlin is due to the construction of the new palace. The palace was built as the official Moscow residence of Russian emperors when St. Petersburg was the capital of Russia. The cornices, the pilasters and the window surrounds are richly adorned with stone carving. Inside are the halls of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Nicolas I, etc. There are two big halls dedicated to Russian military orders. The hall of St. George is used for receptions, presentation of orders and medals now. It’s here that the President greets visiting heads of foreign states. In St. Vladimir’s Hall international treaties are usually signed.


         The Patriarch’s Palace was built in the 17th century for Patriarch Nikon. On the first floor of the palace there were household services, the third floor housed living quarters of the Patriarch. The ceremonial chambers were located on the second floor. The main ceremonial room was the Cross (or Chrism) Chamber where the meetings of the Holy Council and tsar’s and ambassadorial feasts were held. In the 17-th and 19-th centuries, Moscow Synod Service was situated in the Patriarch’s Chambers.

         Nowadays it is a museum and houses an exposition presenting specific features of the Russian culture of the 17th century: housewares, jewelry, tsars’ hunting equipment, ancient furniture and items of ecclesiastical embroidery which were created by russian, european and eastern masters.

         There is a wonderfull example of carving in the home church of Twelve Apostles. It is the gilded iconostasis of the 17-th and 18-th centuries made of carved wood. In this church there is a collection of icons showing the development of icon-painting in the 17-th century. The works of the leading tsar’s icon-painters Simon Ushakov and Feodor Zubov present the new tendencies in painting .

         The museum’s exposition shows the new trend in art of the Russian society in the 17-th century.
    Категория: ЭКСКУРСИИ ПО МОСКВЕ | Добавил: alef30 (23.08.2010)
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    1 Pedro  
    Next stop: Broadway! Kinda reminds me of those show biz mognetas, popular from the thirties then well into the fifties. It starts a shot of a billboard that features the performer billed at bottom. Then we see him/her onstage pattering something like, Here we are in Peoria, my favorite town . Then we hear the first bars of I'm Just Wild About Harry . Dissolve to a steam train rushing to the next town. Wipe to city sign: Welcome to Elko, Nevada Another billboard, billing slightly higher, then repeat all the rest with local city named. This goes on three of four times. Each time the same bars of the same song are repeated. Finally, the train reaches New York City, we see The Palace marquee, and the song finally is completed. Miss those mognetas

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