Moscow’s Kremlin is a tourists’ dream in the heart of Russia. The majestic buildings offer fantastic photo opportunities in Russia’s capital. Its rich history includes many stories of imperial power and the Kremlin is currently the headquarters to Russian leader Putin.
As the historic centre of the Orthodox Church and the apex of Russian political power, the Kremlin is the focus of tourism in not just Moscow but the whole of Russia. Such is the variety of things to do and see; the Kremlin is popular with all types of tourists, from avid cultural enthusiasts to those on family vacations. Jonathan Alexander Abt, a UK-based orthodontics specialist, recently enjoyed a family holiday in Moscow.
The Kremlin palaces have been home to Russian presidents throughout the years. Some of the most powerful leaders in Russia’s history have resided within the Kremlin’s ornate exteriors and exquisite architecture. One of the most impressive of the buildings is the Grand Kremlin Palace, built in 1838 at a cost of 11 million rubles. Renovation work completed in the 1990s cost a further hefty sum. Within the palace are the tsars’ private rooms and it has also been the location for the signing of many landmark treaties.
The Armoury Chamber was once home to some of the deadliest weapons in the Russian Empire. The historic building is now one of Moscow’s oldest museums and contains flamboyant Royal household items and jewellery, alongside tsarist weaponry. The many treasures in the collection are worth a fortune; they include artistic masterpieces dated between the 5th and 20th centuries, Ivan the Terrible’s ivory throne, and ten priceless Faberge eggs.
Unveiled in 1479, the Cathedral of the Assumption is the site where all Russian tsars were crowned. The Assumption Cathedral is the oldest and arguably most important cathedral in the Kremlin. As the site for the installation of new leaders of the Russian church and the coronations of tsars, the Cathedral is steeped in religious history, operating as headquarters of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1326. It is also the burying ground for leading Russian religious figures.
Visitors to the Kremlin can pay an entrance fee which covers admission to the Patriarch’s Palace and all five church museums. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Diamond Fund Exhibition and the Armoury are priced separately. Between April and October, a popular time to visit the Kremlin is around noon, when visitors can expect to see the changing of the guard. As would be expected in a site of such grandeur, the ceremony is a sight to behold, featuring dozens of horses and men performing highly sophisticated and impressive square-bashing choreography.