The Moscow Kremlin Museums offer you guided tours in Russian and with a translator of yours. The tours present general information about the architectural ensemble of the Kremlin, the treasures of the world-famous Armoury Chamber, ancient Kremlin's cathedrals and their historical burial places, ensembles of wall-painting, collections of Old-Russian icons and the museum of Russian culture of the 17th century in the halls of the Patriarch's Palace.

We offer you a brief description of each monument in the Moscow Kremlin territory to help you to learn more about the subjects of the guided tours.

TERRITORY OF THE MOSCOW KREMLIN

The center of the Moscow Kremlin is occupied by the main and most ancient square of the city - Cathedral Square, which still retains its original form - a unique complex of masterpieces of medieval architecture. Having been founded in the early XIVth century Cathedral Square saw the construction, destruction and rebuilding of churches and chambers, witnessed all the perturbations within the history of the Russian State. Nowadays the architectural ensemble of the Cathedral Square consists of the Assumption cathedral, Archangel's cathedral, Annunciation cathedral, the Church of Laying Our Lady's Holy Robe, the Patriarch's Palace, the Faceted Chamber, Golden Tsarina's Chamber and churches of the Terem Palace, the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower complex.

 
ARMOURY CHAMBER

The Armoury Chamber, a treasure-house, is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace's complex. Its collection incorporates more than four thousands items of applied art of Russia, European and Eastern countries of IV-early XX centuries. The highest artistic level and particular historical and cultural value of the exhibits have made the State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin a world-wide known museum.

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ASSUMPTION CATHEDRAL

The Assumption Cathedral was built in 1474-1479 by Italian architect Aristotle Fioravanti as the main Russian cathedral. The most significant ceremonies took place in the main cathedral of the State: settings for reigning, coronations of emperors, inaugurations of heads of the Russian Orthodox Church.

 
ARCHANGEL CATHEDRAL

The Archangel Cathedral was built in 1505-1508 by Italian architect Aleviz Novy on the place of a small white-stone cathedral of the XIVth century. The cathedral is devoted to archangel Michael, the protector of soldiers and rulers in their feats of arms. For many centuries it served as a dynastic necropolis of Moscow Great Princes and Tsars. Great Princes Ivan Kalita, Dmitriy Donskoi, Ivan III, Ivan the Terrible, tsarevich Dmitriy, Tsars Mikhail and Alexey Romanov were buried here. There are 47 tombstones and two reliquaries in the dynastic necropolis. The cathedral's pillars and walls are covered with portraits of Moscow leaders and their glorious ancestors.

 
ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL

The Annunciation Cathedral, built in 1485-1489 by Russian masters, was a home church of Great Princes and Moscow Tsars. It was a part of a palace complex. Its north-western gallery was the palace's front entrance. The ensemble of monumental painting of the cathedral of Ivan the Terrible's epoch and the ancient iconostasis are of great value. Many researches consider the icons of deesis to be painted by famous icon-painter Theofan the Greek and a part of the icons of the festival row to be created by the greatest Russian medieval icon-painter Andrei Rublev. 

 
CHURCH OF LAYING OUT LADY'S HOLY ROBE

The delicate one-domed church was built in 1484-1485 by Russian masters as a home church for Russian Metropolitans and Patriarchs. Its iconostasis and wall-paintings form a magnificent architectural ensemble. There is a permanent exhibition of Russian wooden sculpture situated in the church's gallery.

 
PATRIARCH'S PALACE

The Patriarch's Palace is one of the best and rarest monuments of Moscow mid-XVII century's civil architecture. The Palace was erected in 1653-1655 by Russian masters on Patriarch Nikon's order on the place of more ancient constructions of the Metropolitan and later Patriarch's Estate in the Moscow Kremlin. Nowadays, the Cross Chamber, the Front Anteroom, the refectory and the Twelve Apostles' Church house the exposition, exploring the history and peculiarities of the Russian culture through the XVIIth century.

 

Guided tours prices

For information on booking guided tours for organised groups please address:

  • Excursion office in the Alexandrovsky Sad (Alexander garden, Kremlin, Moscow, Russia)
    Open daily 930 to 1630 (900 to 1700 from May 15 to September 30)
    Tel: +7 (495) 695-41-46, +7 (495) 697-03-49.

Pre-orders of guided tours in English are available via travel agencies.

Excursion office on map 

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