The Kremlin

 

Kremlin in Russian means fortress. Many Russian cities have a Kremlin.  The one on Moscow is the most famous, and therefore known as The Kremlin. They allow tours through, have a theatre (that used to hold 6000 members of the Communist Party for meetings), and armory with the crown jewels, and many old churches from when it was used as a fortress.  Parliament does not meet here and Putin does not live within the walls.

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Outside the visitors entrance on the bridge which used to be over a river to ward off attacks.

Inside:

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The biggest cannon in the world, so big that it doesn’t work.  How useful.

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The biggest bell in the world.  Also does not work.

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Assumption Cathedral.  Cool inside but no pictures allowed.

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There were scary guards.  While not intimidating-looking, they threatened to throw our whole group in jail because some tired people sat on the curb.  Meanies.

We also saw the armory which houses the crown jewels, about a dozen Faberge eggs, thrones, crowns, jeweled Bibles, and so much more.  Our tour guide was a little long winded (putting it mildly).  I enjoyed by Faberge egg time- they were so cool.  The jewels too.  The thrones and armor- not so much.  And of course they don’t let you take pictures inside.  We don’t mess with the guards anymore because we would for sure get locked up.

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Safe from the guards- Walls around the Kremlin from the outside.

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Kremlin left, St. Basil’s on the right.  The Kremlin listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been part of Russian History since the 13th century.

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Fun little outdoor area outside the Kremlin.

That’s it for today.  We are off to Belarus.  I paid $180 for a Belarussian visa,  hopefully it is worth it!

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4 Responses

  1. megan says:

    Yep just had to google Belarus. Interesting destination. The extremely large cannon that doesn’t work made me laugh:) Did you buy a train ticket from Berlin to here? If so- when do you arrive?

    • Andrea says:

      Was planning on the 6am non stop train arriving at 11 am. Wasn’t going to buy a ticket til I got to the station in case I sleep in. Belarus post tonight, kinda okay, kinda sketch

      • Megan says:

        Ok whatever as long as you can get ahold of me to let me know which train you ended up on. Where am I picking you up at? It would be easiest for you to take the subway from the hauptbahnhof to Stuttgart-Vaihingen. I can get you more specific info if that is what you plan on doing. I can prob come to main station and get you, but would be faster/easier to take train here.

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