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.
Outside the visitors entrance on the bridge which used to be over a river to ward off attacks.
The biggest cannon in the world, so big that it doesn’t work. How useful.
The biggest bell in the world. Also does not work.
Assumption Cathedral. Cool inside but no pictures allowed.
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.
Safe from the guards- Walls around the Kremlin from the outside.
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.
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!