Cathedral Square certainly was not something I expected to find in the Moscow Kremlin, not the beauty, the antiquity, the peacefulness, the heart of the Kremlin.
Bell Tower of Ivan III( (the Great).
Completed in 1600, the Ivan the
Detail atop belfry.
During the reign of Ivan III, also known as Ivan the Great (1440 – 1505),
This cathedral is where all the Russian tsars were crowned. It is also called the Cathedral of Dormition. Since its construction began in the latter 15th century, it has been considered the most important church in
There's that tourist getting into the photo again.
Detail of gate lock. I was fascinated with these old locks.
Detail beside door.
Making our way into the cathedral. No photos permitted
Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe, built in 1484-88.
Be sure to click on the photo below and check out the unique drums supporting the domes.
Above, rooftop detail of Upper Savior’s Cathedral and
The plain building in the center is Ivan III’s
Across the square is the Annunciation Cathedral. This church, built by order of Ivan the Terrible, is where the royal families’ private Orthodox services were held. On the far left, not pictured here because of some construction, is a covered porch built for Ivan The Terrible. He had gotten himself cross-threaded with the Russian Orthodox Church when he married his fourth wife, because divorce was not allowed by the church.
The tsars, when confronted with a the problem of ridding themselves of an unwanted wife, simply shipped them off to a convent where they were required to become nuns. I suppose this was much more humane than how Henry the VIII of England rid himself of wives.
So, Ivan was not permitted inside the church, but had to stand outside to hear the ceremony.
Above is the Archangel Cathedral, built in the early 1500s. It contains many tombs of Russian princes, including Ivan IV (the Terrible) and his son Ivan V, whom he killed during an argument.
Entrance to the Archangel Cathedral.
The Patriarch’s Palace and Church of the Twelve Apostles is the building pictured below. It contained living quarters. As with all the cathedrals and churches inside the Kremlin walls, it now houses icons, fabrics, and treasures of the Russian empire.
During our visit, we went inside only the Assumption Cathedral where we gaped at the richness of the décor, the priceless icons, and the frescoes. The guide book I have used to identify my photos contains numerous pictures of the riches contained in all these buildings.
The faceted palace, with the
Okay, enough of palaces and cathedrals and kremlins. Time to float this boat.