Buildings in the Kremlin
The Annunciation Cathedral
During the reconstruction of the Kremlin under Ivan III, the Pskov masters dismantled the cathedral to the podklet’s level and erected a new brick one. The small cube cathedral was crowned with three domes, two of which were placed over the eastern corners. The Cathedral’s walls were divided into three pryaslas topped with keel-like zakomaras and adorned with an arch-and-column belt. The drums were decorated with a brick belt of arches and triangular holes in the style of Pskov architecture. The cathedral of 1484-1489 became the heart of the building’s composition.
In 1562-1564, four one-domed chapels were attached to the gallery’s corners and two more false domes were added so that the cathedral became nine-domed as it is now. The domes and the roof were covered with gilt copper and the cathedral was nicknamed “gold-topped”.
Nowadays, the Annunciation Cathedral is one of the most frequented Moscow Kremlin’s museums. Here you can see unique murals of the XVI century and the invaluable multi-tiered iconostasis, the deesis and festive rows of which (XIV-XV centuries) are presumed to be painted by famous icon-painters Theofan the Greek, Prokhor from Gorodets and Andrei Rublev.
Since 1993, regular services have been recommenced in the cathedral.
- The Church of Our Lady’s Nativity
- The Assumption Cathedral
- The Church of Laying Our Lady's Holy Robe
- The Annunciation Cathedral
- The Faceted Chamber
- The Archangel's Cathedral
- The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower complex
- The Golden Tsarina's Chamber
- The Terem Palace
- The Upper Saviour’s Cathedral and Terem Churches
- The Patriarch’s Palace and the Twelve Apostles’ Church
- The Fun Palace
- The Arsenal
- The Senate
- The Grand Kremlin Palace
- The Armoury Chamber
- The A.R.C.E.C. Kremlin Military School
- The State Kremlin Palace