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The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower Complex


The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower Complex

The Bell-Tower is the tallest structure in the Kremlin, and until the 20th century it was forbidden to build any building taller than it in the entire city! It was erected in 1505-1508, to serve all the cathedrals in the square that didn’t have their own belfry. A century later, another arcade for bells was added to the Bell-Tower so that its total height achieved 81 m.

In 1812, while retreating from Moscow, the Napoleon’s Army blew up the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower ensemble. However, the pillar of the bell-tower survived. The Belfry was restored to original dimensions in 1814-1815. At present, 24 bells of XVI-XVII centuries are located on the bell-tower and belfry.

The ground floor of the tower houses an exhibition hall of Moscow Kremlin Museums. It displays how the Kremlin has changed and developed since the 12th century. At the end of the tour, you can climb the 137 steps to the top of the tower, for a spectacular view of the city!

Essential Information for Visitors
Address and Contact Details

Kremlin, Sobornaya Pl.
(495) 695-37-76
Metro: Alexandrovskiy Sad

Opening Hours

Specified times: 10.15, 11.30, 13.45, 15.00, 16.00
Closed Thursdays.

Admission Prices

Adult: 500rub
Child: 250rub
The ticket price also includes access to all the cathedrals and museums, which are part of the general ticket price.

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