Buildings in the Kremlin
The Assumption Cathedral
All the stages of the main state cathedral’s construction were described in chronicles in details.
The Italian architect was suggested to create after the model of the Assumption Cathedral of Vladimir, the 5 domed cross-and-cupola church of the XII century.
Working on the cathedral, Aristotle Fioravanti managed both to repeat the main points of the well-known cathedral and to combine them with the Renaissance’s idea of architectural space.
The Assumption Cathedral of Moscow is a tremendous 6 pillared building with 5 apses and 5 domes. It is built of well trimmed white-stone blocks. The masonry inside is filled with rubble. Fornications, drums, pillars and the altar wall are made of bricks.
For four centuries the Assumption Cathedral had been the main church of Russia. Here Great Princes were crowned for reigning and local princes swore fealty. Here inaugurations of Tsars and coronations of Emperors were held.
The Assumption Cathedral was the place to inaugurate Bishops, Metropolitans and Patriarchs, to read off statements, to hold church services before military campaigns and in case of victory.
Besides, heads of the Russian Orthodox Church were buried in the Assumption Cathedral.
Nowadays, the cathedral houses old murals and a unique collection of icons. It is one of the most frequented museums of the Moscow Kremlin.
Since 1990, regular services have been recommenced.
- 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