Ivan the Great Bell Tower held the title of Moscow’s tallest building for more than 400 years, before it was usurped by a Stalinist skyscraper in the 1950s. Despite attempts to have it destroyed, the tower has survived Moscow’s turbulent history and is now a symbol of the city. Learn about its historical significance in the museum and take pictures of the city from its lofty viewing platform.
See the Church of Ioann Lestvichnik under the Bells, which was erected under the orders of Ivan I in 1329. The church was given a new belfry in the early 1500s, but it was architect Boris Godunov who raised the tower to its current height of 266 feet (81 meters) in the 17th century. Napoleon later tried to dynamite the bell tower but failed, an event that helped perpetuate the commonly held belief that as long as the bell tower stands, so too will Russia.
Walk toward the bell tower and you’ll immediately be struck by the scale of the huge bells decorating the white façade, as well as by its regal golden dome. Compare the Ivan the Great Bell Tower with its neighbor, the 16th-century Assumption Belfry. The two buildings have a pleasingly similar design. Both have golden domes crowning their white exteriors and designs that become progressively more elaborate as they head skyward.
Step inside and browse the bell tower’s museum on three stories of the building. Learn more about the Kremlin’s past with multimedia exhibits, which include videos and old plans of the area. Ascend to the viewing platform to get uninterrupted views of Moscow from the air.
Ivan the Great Bell Tower is located on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin, alongside other important religious monuments, such as the Church of the Annunciation and the Cathedral of the Archangel. Ride the metro to Alexandrovsky Sad station to get here. The bell tower has an entry fee and is open every day except Thursdays.
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Perfect hotel in a perfect location. 10/10. The hotel was lovely and very quiet which made for an excellent nights sleep. The room very clean, roomy and comfortable. The toiletries supplied were of a high standard. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast room was amazing, restaurant ...
Perfect location beautiful rooms, nice stuff perfect bathroom new and supper clean . Breakfast is a must and location is just perfect . You can feel the history in the hotel
Superb five star property in a perfect location with superb staff and serviced It would have been helpful if we had been made aware before traveling of the significant construction work taking place 24/7 immediately outside the hotel including outside of the room we were allocated
Great value for your money. Walking distance to Red Square without overpaying. Very good breakfast buffet. I would definitely stay here again. We stayed in a family room and had two full bathrooms.
Friendly staffs with perfect english. Hotel itself has a very good location. Also very nice lounge on roof top and very nice restaurant called Novikov.
Convenient, practical and clean stay in the centre of Moscow. The restaurants though a bit too expensive in comparison to what you can find outside of the hotel. At $77 a night would definitely stay here again :-)