Inside The Kremlin

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Up earlyish, and set out for, you've guessed it, Red Square. This time though we did intend to walk it, in the right direction this time ;), and see some of the things Marina had shown us the night before in the daylight. Walked down to Pushkin Square, and then behind it to a little church there. Carried on down to the City Hall and the monument opposite it of the Grand Duke Yury Dolgoruky , the founder of Moscow.

Having not been in Red Square when Lenins Mausoleum was open, we went into the square and up to the middle and it was all still fenced off. Watching where the people inside the gardens were coming from we worked out where it must be and headed there, only to find a manned barricade with police telling us we had to go all the way out and back round.

Sign At Enterance To Mausoleum

Found it anyway and joined the smallish queue at the first checkpoint, as they only allowed so many at a time to proceed up to the security gates.(Will do seperate review for this).  Eventually  we got wandering round the gardens, looking at the names of those buried at the Kremlin wall and carried on round to the Mausoleum. From what we had seen before there only ever appeared to have been one police/militiaman at the tomb, and what we read before was that it had been downgraded from the army protecting it and that every so often the Moscow authorities bring up the subject of moving it. So it was a surprise when we went in to find police/militia at every corner of the stairs on the way down, loads more inside and the same on the way out as the way in on the stairs.

Tsar Cannon
Any doubt to the reverence fading with the overthrow of the communist system were soon dispelled as my son,who was talking fairly quietly asking something about it to his mum beside him was told to ''Shhhh!!!' by one of the guards, and both me and my daughter were dug up for having our hands in our pockets.

It is very dark inside, and the only real light comes from the glass case that the embalmed body is held in. Looks kind of strange the way the body of Lenin is propped up, and  he does have the distinct look of being made of wax. My wife was at the front of us and when she got to the front of the case she stopped to try and take a better look, and was promptly told to keep moving by yet another guard. Wasn't even like it was busy.

Kids With Chunk Of Tsar Bell
Back up in the daylight around the back of the Mausoleum are the graves of former Soviet leaders, from Stalin to Andropov and we also found the spot at the wall marking Yuri Gagarins final resting place . Despite it all being in cyrillic, both my daughter and I had picked up on being able to read the language, a benefit from understanding Greek I think, despite the some characters representing different letters, some of them were the same.

Once we came out we headed round to get tickets to go into The Kremlin. We got tickets for The State Armoury and the Cathedrals, so we had to walk through the park beside the wall to get to the gate at the far end to go in. Free audio guides in a great variety of languages, and spot marked where to start them.

Street Art Gallery
Quite funny to see them slightly out of synch as at one point when something was explained, about the childrens carriages being drawn by ponies and having dwarves dressed up to make it look like a real royal procession, the four of us laughed slightly out of time. A lot of historical treasure and weaponary going back about 800 years, bu the thing I was taken with most was the collection of Faberge Eggs. The detail in them is something else.

After that we walked up to the Cathedrals, coming first to the Annunciation Cathedral, with the Archangel Cathedral opposite it. Really quite remarkable that these places surved through the whole of the communist era. Some didn't of course and further round there is big hall that was built for the 1961 Communist Party Congress.

Statue Of Peter The Great
In the centre of the square id the church with the Ivan The Great Bell Tower.

Ivan Square marks the boundary of where you can go, as on the other side are the government buildings, and one side of the square was full of official cars waiting to take the powers that be wherever they need to go. At the side of the square though is the Tsar Cannon, supposedly wih cannonballs to big to have ever been fired, and the Tsar Bell, the largest bell in the world, which has a big chunk out of it as The Kremlin caught fire when it was being cast and cold water hit the hot metal. The chunk sits beside it and is nealy as big as my kids :O.

You can get to the side of the walls across the square, so long as you use the laid out pedestrian crossings, otherwise the traffic nazi ( as my daughter dubbed him) gives you a sharp blast of his whistle.

Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour Across The River
Painful :D. The gardens were nicely laid out, but being spring were pretty bare, with just the first shoots of growth. I'd imagine they would be beautiful in the summer when the flowers are blooming and the trees would give a good bit of shade. Despite the hustle and bustle, and endless traffic, of Moscow it was surprisingly peaceful inside The Kremlin. Unfortunately there isn't much of a view out over the walls, because of the trees growing in front of the first set of walls.

Again there was a request(?) that we get something to eat now. As I said in my profile I'm not fussed by eating and would rather just press on, and I wanted to get out to Park Kultury, so said we would find something there. On the way into the metro station there was a bakery stall, so we bought some stuff from there and headed for the train.

Me At Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour
Once we got out at at Park Kultury there was no sign of a park :O. There were protests about the amount of walking we had done,so we sat on the bridge by the river and ate what we could. I had got what were meant to be cheese croissants, but it tasted more like semolina inside them, and despite having a sweet tooth it was just to much for me. The rest were equally successful in their choices.

Walking over the bridge you could see Park Kultury, the fairground rides were a bit of a give away . On the left though I spotted the statue of Peter The Great, not hard since it's the 7th tallest statue in the world, so we headed along to it. Coming down off the bridge there was a whole street with artists selling paintings and when we got along to the end of it there was an art museum.

Military Tower
Marina had been telling us about the statue of Peter The Great, at dinner the night before, and that it was originally meant to go to the United States and was supposed to be Christopher Columbus. When the US didn't want it, they swapped the head and made it Peter The Great and it landed up in Moscow :D 

Walked back along the river and crossed over the road and up onto a foot bridge that takes you straight up to the Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour, the largest Orthodox church in the world. Really nice looking on the outside, but that is nothing to the way it is inside. Really bright and beautifully decorated and has a nice central altar or smaller chapel thing in the middle. Again like a lot of places you are not allowed to take pictures inside :(

Had seen a statue and a tower that took my fancy on the way over the bridge, and my daughter and I went down into the gardens of the church to see the statue.

Soviet Star Style Metro Station At Arbatskaya
After that we walked up to see the tower that looked to be part of a still functioning military building. Headed back up to hotel after that and later on went out for dinner. I had looked up a few places round about the area we were staying, and I wanted to try a Russian restaurant which was supposed to be in the Triumphalnaja Square, but when we got there there was no sign of it, and the cafe that had been listed at the same address was all closed up.

I had checked a few places, so we headed back across, or under to be more precise :D, the road to an American Bar & Grill and again the free wifi swung it. Turned out to be a great place, with really good service and great food.

   

 

Petra2111 says:
You´ve seen so many beautiful places there,must be a great experience! Hope to go there too someday!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2010
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Moscow City Hall
Moscow City Hall
Sign At Enterance To Mausoleum
Sign At Enterance To Mausoleum
Tsar Cannon
Tsar Cannon
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Kids With Chunk Of Tsar Bell
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Street Art Gallery
Statue Of Peter The Great
Statue Of Peter The Great
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Cathedral Of Christ The Saviour A…
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Me At Cathedral Of Christ The Sav…
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Military Tower
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Soviet Star Style Metro Station A…
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Church Behind Pushkin Square
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Pushkin Square
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Statue Of Pushkin
Tversakay Metro And Underpass
Tversakay Metro And Underpass
Statue Of Grand Duke Yury Dolgoruky
Statue Of Grand Duke Yury Dolgoruky
Statue Of Chekov
Statue Of Chekov
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Historical Museum Towers
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Road Up To The Kremlin
The Annunciation Cathedral
The Annunciation Cathedral
The Assumption Cathedral
The Assumption Cathedral
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Church With The Bell Tower
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Cathedral Square
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Me At Tsar Cannon
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Ivan Square
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The Bell Tower Of Ivan The Great,…
The State Kremlin Palace
The State Kremlin Palace
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Painted Wall In The Kremlin
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Plaque On The State Kremlin Palace
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Wall Of The State Kremlin Palace
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Crest On The State Kremlin Palace
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Ivan The Great Bell Tower
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Map Inside The Kremlin
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Garden In The Kremlin
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Cathedral Across The Gardens
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Moskva River At Park Kultury Bridge
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Rollercoaster At Park Kultury
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Paintings Of The Kremlin
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African Art
Peter The Great Does Karaoke :D
Peter The Great Does Karaoke :D
Peter The Great
Peter The Great
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Buildings Over The River
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The Kremlin From Footbridge
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