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The Tsar's (Tsarskaya) Tower

The Kremlin Wall
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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 small Tsarskaya Tower was raised right on top of the wall between the Saviour and the Alarm Bell Towers in 80-s of the XVIIth century. Its eight-faceted marquee standing on four pitcher-shaped pillars reminds of the terem-buildings' porches of that time.

According to the Kremlin's map of the end of XVIIth century, there was a four-faceted wooden turret on the tower’s place. Its name is linked to a legend saying it was a sort of canopy over the Tsar’s throne. From here the Tsar of All Russia could take a close watch on what was going on in the Kremlin and Red Square.

Besides, the alarm-bells of the Kremlin fire brigadge - so-called Spasskiy Nabat (Saviour Alarm Bell) – were fixed on the Tsar's Tower.

Its height with the weathervane is 16,7 m.

Text and photos provided by The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.

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