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The Kremlin

2008.04.23
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From outside the Kremlin (15th to 17th century) Wall - politics seems to be dominated by religion.
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Ivan the Great Bell Tower from the 16th Century - 81 m tall.
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Cathedral of the Annunciation - the private church of the (former) Russian nobility.
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All this - and much more - is inside the Kremlin Walls.
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The Presidium - home to the Supreme Soviet. Now government offices.
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The State Armory has a stunning collection of royal artifacts dating from 14thC. Most under light and behind tinted glass.
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There was an important story to this chair, but I've forgotten what it was!!
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The Tsars Bell never got up there! It is the largest bell in the world and cracked from heat in the casting pit in 1735..
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Church of the Deposition of the Robe - dates from late 15th Century.
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Cathedral of St Michael the Archangel, Italian designed - 14th Century.
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Many of us in the west associate the Kremlin with cold-war politics, horrendous stories of political black arts, purges and larger-than-life deadly dictators. Depending on your take on history, some or much of this may be true, but I was surprised to find that the Kremlin itself is a very attractive and calm place, dominated by a group of beautiful orthodox cathedral churches with their ubiquitous onion domes, shimmering gold in sunlight and moonlight alike.
11 Comments
urmysunshine wow- so ornate! great shots, my favorite is the last one~ R
urmysunshine · 2008-04-23: 08:18
joycephotography Great post. Really like #6.
joycephotography · 2008-04-23: 12:08
TheCrazyCroat Yes, I do think many of us in the West have pre-conceived notions about the Kremlin. That's for showing me the beauty.
TheCrazyCroat · 2008-04-23: 12:16
StonedNori Wonderful shot ! :)
StonedNori · 2008-04-23: 13:30
LotoFoto Beautiful photos.
I would love to see this in person someday.
LotoFoto · 2008-04-23: 15:47
photopoet Beautiful photos. My great-grandparents came from Russia, but I've never been to visit. Some day.
photopoet · 2008-04-23: 15:53
Mertxe FANTASTICO set amigo como siempre me llevas en tus talones
Mertxe · 2008-04-23: 17:09
Askrubies very nice entries. lovely place
Askrubies · 2008-04-24: 04:53
elclic woww u have been everywhere ;)
elclic · 2008-04-24: 20:08
ShangriLa Religion or architecture?


ShangriLa · 2008-04-25: 03:38
ScubaLiz How beautiful! Nice set!
ScubaLiz · 2008-05-01: 22:55
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