The Kremlin’s varied history
The Moscow Kremlin has been home to several Russian rulers throughout the history. Back in the 13th century, the Kremlin used to be home to the Grand Dukes. From the 15th century onwards the Kremlin was the residence of the Tsars. However, as a result of the Moscow Uprising in 1682, Peter the Great decided to abandon this residence and move his administration to St. Petersburg.
The Kremlin was pretty much neglected until 1773, when Catherine the Great engaged Vasil Bazhenov and decided to build their new residence here. The process of constructional improvements started resulting in a neoclassical design.
When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, his forces occupied the Kremlin for one month. When Napoleon retreated, he commanded his forces to blow up the Kremlin. Napoleon actually tried this for three consecutive days but the damage to the construction was only minor, a testament to the standard of the structure.
In 1918, when the Bolsheviks came to power, they moved the government from St. Petersburg back to Moscow again. In 1990, the Kremlin was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, it is the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
If you want to learn and experience Russia’s fascinating history, you have to go and see the Kremlin. In fact, a visit to Moscow is not complete without it. A day at the Kremlin will offer you a great deal of Russian history and will allow you to see the country’s magnificent architectural heritage. You will be impressed by stunning churches and fascinating gardens found within its walls. The churches and cathedrals are filled with art treasures such as paintings and icons.
Staying in Moscow
After a day full of impressions at the Kremlin, you can go back to Radisson Blu Hotel, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and enjoy top-class accommodation. The hotel is the ideal place for a stopover if you are catching a plane the next day, as it is located at the terminal building.