The Kremlin

I’ve been to Red Square and walked around the walls of the Kremlin so many times, but I had never thought about going inside, even though it must be one of the most famous places to visit in Moscow. walls of the kremlinThat was until Kristina came to visit for the weekend with a list of things she wanted to do, and I wondered why I’d never been before.
buying tickets for the kremlinYou can pay 500 rubles to visit the Cathedral Square and an extra 700 rubles to also go inside the Armoury Chamber. There is more information on the Kremlin website.
Troitsky MostThe entrance to the Kremlin (and security check) is over Troitsky Most, closest Metro station Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, but first you must buy your tickets at the ticket office, to the right of the bridge in Alexandrovskiy Sad (Alexander Garden).
moscow kremlin ticketsA while ago I read that Moscow had introduced Tourist Police, who could speak English to help lost travellers. The only policemen I saw, who were outside the metro, didn’t speak a word of English. However they did point us in the right direction after I demonstrated I wanted the “entrance” to the Kremlin, not just the Kremlin – which we could clearly see in front of us.
russian cathedralI would advise anybody coming to Moscow to learn some basic Russian, or at least learn the alphabet, so that you can read the signs.
kremlin moscowInside the Kremlin was beautiful.
bells kremlinWe walked past the Tsar Cannon, which was made in 1586 but has never been shot.
tsar cannonAnd into the Cathedral Square.
cathedral square kremlincathedral square moscowYou can go inside most of the cathedrals, which are quite small but with beautifully handpainted walls and ceilings, and tombs dating back hundreds of years.
cathedral kremlinHere is Ivan-the-Great Bell-Tower, and the Tsar Bell which was cast in 1735, but broke when water was poured on it after terrible fire.
Ivan-the-Great Bell-TowerAnd a wonderful view of the river.
river from the kremlinAs somebody who’s not into museums, I’m not sure it was worth 500 rubles to enter, as you can see similar cathedrals (like Christ the Saviour in the distance in the above photo) for free, however I’m glad I have now finally been, as it was really nice to explore.
cathedral square moscowWho wants to visit the Kremlin?!

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2 responses to “The Kremlin

  1. Beautiful pictures, thanks. Yes, there are other cathedrals that you can visit for free, but the Kremlin ones are where it all started, and their decorations are amazing. One of them (forget which one) is where almost all the Czars were crowned. Christ the Saviour is very new, though it also has an interesting history. A big outdoor swimming pool used to be there, open year around. It replaced the first Christ the Saviour, destroyed in Stalin’s time.
    I love the Kremlin because you can almost sense the ghosts of Lenin, Stalin and the Czars.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Margaret. I agree there is a lot of history, I just felt they were quite noisy and touristy. I found myself wandering into Christ the Saviour a few weeks ago just as a service was starting and was mesmerised, the whole thing was incredible – the size of the place, the people, the smell of the incense and candles, the singing…

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