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Visiting the Moscow Kremlin: practical information

Moscow is one of the great tourist destinations in Europe. Due to its history and its monuments, it is a city worth discovering calmly. On this occasion, we are going to visit the Moscow Kremlin to tell you everything you need to know about it before traveling to the Russian capital.

Learn about its history before visiting the Moscow Kremlin

Spasskaya Tower in the Moscow Kremlin

Kremlin is a Russian word meaning fortress or fortified city. The one in Moscow is not the only one in the country, but it is undoubtedly one of the most impressive. Interestingly though, St. Petersburg, Russia’s famous city and former capital, doesn’t have one.

Palaces, administrative buildings and temples were built inside the Kremlin, which were protected by the strength of its walls. The wall that can be seen today was built in the 15th and 16th centuries, although the surrounding buildings were remodeled in the 17th.

Besides, the Moscow Kremlin has witnessed the country’s disturbing past. It has witnessed different invasions or the sadness of the city when it ceded the capital to Saint Petersburg in the 18th century, and it has been the scene of all kinds of events.

But also contemplated the recovery of the power of the city, while undergoing various renovations to embellish it. For all this and much more, and despite the centuries, the Moscow Kremlin stands proud and strong in the heart of the city. Would you like to visit it?

What to see in the Moscow Kremlin

One of the characteristics of the Kremlin is that it was the residence of tsars, at least until the reign of Peter the Great. It occupies an area of ​​27 hectares and in it you can see four palaces and four cathedrals.

However, we have to warn you that if you want to visit the Moscow Kremlin, you will have to dedicate a day of your vacation for it, because it is enormous, and its inner wealth, indescribable. It is worth taking your time with it and enjoying it to the fullest.

Location and price

kremlin at dusk

Believe it or not, this huge place is in the center of the city. Remember that its walls once protected it, so for example, its eastern part adjoins the famous Red Square. To the south is the Moskva River and to the west is the Alexander Garden.

 

The privileged location of the Kremlin allows it to be seen from many points in the city. But you should not settle for seeing it from afar or from the outside, it is worth entering.

For visiting the Moscow Kremlin there are two types of tickets:

  • Exterior and Plaza de las Catedrales
  • Armory Museum

Both are worth visiting. The entrance of each one has an approximate price of 7 euros, which is not much to enjoy such beauties.

Each of the places will take you a couple of hoursat most three, although we must tell you that there is no restaurant inside the Kremlin, so calculate your time, or bring something to eat.

The cathedrals of the Kremlin

Cathedral of the Archangel Saint Michael

Inside the Kremlin you can see a unique space. In the Plaza de las Catedrales you will see four magnificent temples. That of the Annunciation stands out for its golden domes. It was a place of celebration of ceremonies of Russian tsars and princes.

The Cathedral of the Assumption is the oldest and in that of the Archangel is the tomb of Ivan the Terrible. The missing temple is the Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Mantle.

The other treasures of the Kremlin

If you decide to visit the Moscow Kremlin do not miss the Armory Museum. It not only exhibits weapons, but an endless list of objects, furniture and paintings related to Russian art and history. The famous Fabergé eggs form an important part of this exhibition.

Of very restricted access are the palaces and other buildings of the Kremlin: the Grand Palace, the State Palace, the Senate building or the Arsenal, among others

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