The Moscow Kremlin is undoubtedly the city’s most prized attraction and landmark in all of Russia. The sheer scale of the Kreml, as it is said in Russian, and its historical significance brings visitors here before any other attraction. Located in the heart of the city, just off Red Square, the fortified complex, towers and spires of the Kremlin dominate the area. Its name is quite appropriate as Kremlin actually means ‘fortress inside a city’. Within its walls, it contains five palaces and four cathedrals. The Russian Terem Palace is currently the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. Only one third of the Kremlin’s grounds are open to visitors, but there are still hours of exploring and sightseeing to be had here, in one of the world’s largest museums.
Russian ancient historyThere is in fact evidence that Moscow has been inhabited as far back as 500BC, but its story really begins around 1147. In the late 1300s, the first stones were placed on the exact spot where the Kremlin now stands. By the end of the 14th century the citadel was a fully fortified structure. When Ivan the Great came to power (1462-1505) this complex became the center of Moscow’s religious and governmental powers. Meanwhile, the city of Moscow was expanding around its walls. Since then, the Kremlin has had a varied history. To learn more about it, make sure it is on top of your list when visiting the city. The Moscow Kremlin and Red Square have such historical and political significance to Russia that they have been recognized and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ticket TipsTo save you some time hunting for it, the ticket office is not where you would expect. It is located in Alexander Gardens on the opposite side of Red Square from the Kremlin’s entrance gates. You will also find the gift shop here for all your souvenirs. There are several museums to visit within the walls so it is worth doing a little research before you go to help you pick the best ticket to suit you.
The Kremlin and the other attractions on Red Square are within easy walking distance from Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow. Make sure you explore one of the world’s greatest architectural feats when in Russia. At the same time, you can also enjoy great city views from within the grounds.