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"Ivan the Great Bell Tower" Kremlin - Ivan the Great Bell Tower Tip by Sharrie


This is one of the first buildings we came across upon entering the Kremlin.

B4 that, you've to queue to get into the Kremlin. As with any other tourist attraction in the world, the queue is long. While we were queing, there were some Russian chaps trying to sell us postcards, magazines & Russian caps. The caps are great souvenir items. I bought a couple for my colleagues & they love them.

Ok, let's get going...

Marco Bon Firazin is the designer of the tower. The name was derived from the Church of St. Ivan Climacus (which was the building occupying this site in the 14th century). The bell tower (hence the Great) was the tallest building in Moscow in 1600. It was built in 1505-08.

The Assumption Belfry was built beside the Bell Tower 30 years later & holds 21 bells. The largest bell (known as the Assumption Bell) was tolled 3X when the tsar passed away.

The Tsar Bell is the largest bell in the world & is placed just outside this tower.


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  • Written Dec 17, 2003
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