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Ivan the Great's Bell Tower (Ivan Veliky)

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Address: ul. Kreml, Moscow 101000, Russia
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At one time the tallest structure in Russia, this bell tower was built for...

At one time the tallest structure in Russia, this bell tower was built for the Assumption, Archangel and Annunciation Cathedrals, which had no belfries of their own.

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The tallest building in Kremlin

If you want, you can climb up to the bell but I hadn't known it before. Next time, I'll definitely climb up and enjoy the view over Kremlin.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want, you can climb up to the bell but I hadn't known it before. Next time, I'll definitely climb up and enjoy the view over Kremlin.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

A very impressive structure within the Kremlin, Ivan the Great's Tower stands at 81 metres tall....apparently the tallest building in Russia for almost 400 years. Construction was started in 1329, but it was not actually opened until 1508. There is a total of 21 bells in the tower and the bellfry. Definitely a "Great" Tower in every way.

Thank rogeria l
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is a nice tower located within the cathedral square in Krelim. Definitely one of the must see when in Moscow.

Thank JustLoveToFly
Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This tower is located inside the Kremlin on Cathedral Square and is beautiful to look at with it's architectural inscriptions and bells surrounding the column. It is an additional payment to enter inside and only at certain times each day.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

This is a great sight on its own right, magnificent and towering over the Kremlin, but in this incredible location in Cathedral square in Kremlin it is just an amazing sight

Thank Ricardo B
Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

This bell tower dominates the Cathedral Sq. It consists of three octagonal parts, narrowing upwards topped with a golden dome. The Cathedral Sq ticket includes it, but if you want to climb it you have to buy a separate ticket. Beneath it is the Tsars Bell, the biggest cast bell in the world.

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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Until the 18th century the bell tower dominated the skyline of the Kremlin. It was first built in 1329 and was completed in a single summer. In 1505-08 a much larger building more than 55 meters high was built. Then Zsar Boris Godunov rebuilt it in 1600 to 81 meters high. In the 18th century there were plans to replace... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Beautiful belltower, dominating the Cathedral square. Very nicely incorporated in the surrounding architecture. The tallest structure in Kremlin.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

Just adjacent to the Ivanovskaya Square and street to the east, is situated this tallest of the towers in Moscow Kremlin, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower. The height of the tower is 81 meters ( 266 ft ) and was built in the beginning of the XVIth century to make the addition to the Russian Orthodox Churches in Cathedral... More 

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Reviewed 30 December 2015

When visiting the Kremlin you get list amongst the churches, towers and buildings...... The whole experience was just amazing and so worth a visit

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