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The Tsar's (Tsarskaya) Tower

The Tsar's (Tsarskaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The tower's original look has been preserved. In the lower level of the tower there is an arched passage.

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The Kutafiya Tower

The Kutafiya Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The tower was named after the Old Russian word «kut» meaning «shelter, corner», «peninsula».

Rating: 3.3
The Trinity (Troitskaya) Tower (

The Trinity (Troitskaya) Tower (

The Kremlin Wall

Cовременное название башня получила в 1658 году от Троицкого подворья в Кремле. До этого она называлась Богоявленской, Знаменской, Куретной по расположенным в Кремле церквям и Каретному двору.

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The Armoury (Oruzheinaya) Tower

The Armoury (Oruzheinaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The Oruzheinaya Tower was given its present-day name in the XIXth century after the Oruzheinaya (Armoury) Chamber had been built in its vicinity.

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The Commandant (Komendantskaya) Tower

The Commandant (Komendantskaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The tower's height as seen from the Alexandrov Gardens is 41,25 m.

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The Middle Arsenal (Sredniya Arsenalnaya) Tower

The Middle Arsenal (Sredniya Arsenalnaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The tower was given its present-day name in the early XVIIIth century, during the construction of the Kremlin's Arsenal.

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The Alarm Bell (Nabatnaya) Tower

The Alarm Bell (Nabatnaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The main function of the tower was to room the bells of the Saviour's Nabat (Alarm) — the Kremlin's fire brigade.

Rating: 3.3
The Senate (Senatskaya) Tower

The Senate (Senatskaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

This interstitial tower have been mainly protected the Kremlin's side facing Red Square.

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The Corner Arsenal (Uglovaya Arsenalnaya) Tower

The Corner Arsenal (Uglovaya Arsenalnaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The most monumental Kremlin's corner tower — the Corner Arsenal (Uglovaya Arsenalnaya, former Sobakina) — completed the fortification line on the side of Red Square. It protected the ferry across the Neglinnaya River.

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The St. Nicholas (Nikolskaya) tower

The St. Nicholas (Nikolskaya) tower

The Kremlin Wall

This is quadrangular tower with with a through-passage on the eastern side of the Kremlin wall, built in 1491 by Pietro Antonio Solari. It has a side-strelnitsa facing Red Square.

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The Saviour (Spasskaya) Tower

The Saviour (Spasskaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The Saviour (Spasskaya) Tower (former Frolovskaya) was built in 1491 by Italian architect Pietro Antonio Solari. 

Rating: 2.93
The Sts. Constantine and Helen Tower

The Sts. Constantine and Helen Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The Sts. Constantine and Helen Tower (former Timofeyevskaya) was erected in 1490 by Pietro Antonio Solari in the place of the white-stone Kremlin Timofeyevskiye Gate (1366-1368).

Rating: 3.3
The Borovitskaya Tower

The Borovitskaya Tower

The Kremlin Wall

The Borovitskaya Tower (former Predtechenskaya, the Precursor's) is situated on the south-west side of the Borovitskiy Hill. It was named after the grove («bor» in Russian) that covered this side of the hill.

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The 2nd Nameless (Bezymyznnaya) Tower

The 2nd Nameless (Bezymyznnaya) Tower

Кремлевская стена

 The Tower was built in 1480-s between the 1st Bezymyannaya and the Peter Tower.

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The 1st Nameless (Bezymyannaya) Tower

The 1st Nameless (Bezymyannaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

In the end of XV-XVIth centuries it was a powder storage. During the 1547 fire, the tower was damaged by an explosion of the powder kept inside.

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The Annunciation (Blagoveschenskaya) Tower

The Annunciation (Blagoveschenskaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall

Its name is connected with the legend of the magic icon of Annunciation once installed on it.

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