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  • 1. Armory Chamber

    Kremlin/Red Square | Castle/Palace

    The oldest and richest museum in the Kremlin was founded in 1806 as the Imperial Court Museum, which was created out of three royal treasuries...Read More

  • 2. Red Square

    Kremlin/Red Square | Plaza/Square

    Famous for the grand military parades staged here during the Soviet era, this vast space was originally called the Torg, the Slavonic word for...Read More

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  • 3. St. Basil's Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The proper name of this whimsical structure is Church of the Intercession. It was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his conquest...Read More

  • 4. Alexander Garden

    Kremlin/Red Square | Garden

    Laid out in the 19th century by the Russian architect Osip Bove, this garden named after Alexander I stretches along the northwest wall of the...Read More

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  • 5. Amusement Palace

    Kremlin/Red Square | Castle/Palace

    Behind the State Kremlin Palace stands this smaller palace used by boyarin (nobleman) Alexei in the 17th century as a venue for theatrical...Read More

  • 6. Annunciation Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This remarkable monument of Russian architecture, linking three centuries of art and religion, was the private chapel of the royal family. Its...Read More

  • 7. Arsenal

    Kremlin/Red Square | Notable Building

    Commissioned in 1701 by Peter the Great, the weapons arsenal was partially destroyed by the fire that greeted Napoléon as he stormed the city...Read More

  • 8. Assumption Cathedral

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This dominating structure is one of the oldest edifices of the Kremlin, built in 1475–79 by the Italian architect Aristotle Fiorovanti, who...Read More

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  • 9. Borovitskaya Tower

    Kremlin/Red Square | Notable Building

    The main entrance to the Kremlin rises to more than 150 feet (46 meters). At its base a gate pierces the thick walls, and you can still see...Read More

  • 10. Cathedral of the Archangel

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This five-dome cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Great (1440–1505), whose reign witnessed much new construction in Moscow and in the Kremlin...Read More

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  • 11. Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1655–56 by Patriarch Nikon, this was his private church. An exhibit here displays icons removed from other Kremlin churches destroyed...Read More

  • 12. Cathedral Square

    Kremlin/Red Square | Plaza/Square

    The ancient center of the Kremlin complex is framed by three large cathedrals in the old Russian style, the imposing Ivan the Great Bell Tower...Read More

  • 13. Church of the Deposition of the Virgin's Robe

    Kremlin/Red Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This single-dome church was built in 1484–86 by masters from Pskov. It was rebuilt several times and restored to its 15th-century appearance...Read More

  • 14. Diamond Fund

    Kremlin/Red Square | Museum/Gallery

    In 1922 the fledgling Soviet government established this amazing collection of diamonds, jewelry, and precious minerals. The items on display...Read More

  • 15. Great Kremlin Palace

    Kremlin/Red Square | Castle/Palace

    The palace actually consists of a group of buildings. The main section is the newest, built between 1838 and 1849. Its 375-foot-long facade...Read More

  • 16. GUM

    Kremlin/Red Square | Store/Mall

    Pronounced "goom," the initials are short for Gosudarstvenny Universalny Magazin, or State Department Store. This staggeringly enormous emporium...Read More

  • 17. Historical Museum

    Kremlin/Red Square | Museum/Gallery

    You may recognize these twin towers if you've ever caught clips of Soviet military parades on television. Against the backdrop of the pointed...Read More

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  • 18. Ivan the Great Bell Tower

    Kremlin/Red Square | Notable Building

    The octagonal main tower of the tallest structure in the Kremlin rises 263 feet and, according to a tradition established by Boris Godunov,...Read More

  • 19. Kutafya Tower

    Kremlin/Red Square | Notable Building

    This white bastion, erected in 1516, once defended the approach to the drawbridge that linked Alexander Garden to the Kremlin. In Old Slavonic...Read More

  • 20. Lenin Mausoleum

    Kremlin/Red Square | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Except for a brief interval during World War II, when his body was evacuated to the Urals, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870–1924) has lain in state...Read More

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