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The Cremlin

In the heart of Moscow

Build as a city fortress, the Cremlin has always represented – and still is – the heart of Moscow and of Russia, emblem of political power and sovietic statehood.

In medieval times, the Kremlin was the place where the issue of succession to the throne was decided, where the Boyar Duma held its sessions and where the Church held its councils. Russian stars were crowned in the Annunciation Cathedral, even once the capital had been shifted to St. Peters-burg. By this time the Kremlin’s state role had diminished somewhat, but its significance as the heart of the country remained unchanged.

After the tumult of the early 20th century, Moscow became the capital once again. From 1918, the Kremlin was once more the center of state and political life and the seat of the highest state institutions. Since 1991, the Kremlin has been the residence of the Russian President.

Nowadays, part of the structure is closed to the public since the presidential department office are there. What you can visit are the Cathedrals Blagoveschensky, Uspensky, Arkhangelsky and the Armoury Building, one of the oldest museums of Moscow, housing Russian State Regalia and Diamond found.


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