|The Grand Kremlin Palace Complex on the Moscow River|
The Grand Kremlin Palace was built from 1837 to 1849 in Moscow, Russia on Borovitsky Hill and designed by Konstantin Thon overseeing a specially appointed team of architects. The Grand Palace's imposing beauty was intended to emphasize the greatness of Russian autocracy and has historically served as the tsar's Moscow residence.
|The Grand Palace from the street|
Overlooking the Moscow River, the palace is 125 meters long, 47 meters high, and has a total area of about 25,000 square meters. The palace complex includes the equally historic Terem Palace, nine churches from the 14th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the Holy Vestibule, and over 700 rooms. The buildings are arranged around a rectangular inner courtyard. The west building of the Grand Kremlin Palace held state reception halls and the imperial family's private chambers.
The nearby Terem Palace used to be the main residence of the Russian tsars in the 17th century. Its name is derived from the Greek word τερεμνον (i.e., "dwelling"). The structure is generally not accessible to the public, as it belongs to the official residence of the President of Russia; however, travelers visiting through Exeter's Hidden Russia program can get an exclusive look inside with a certified guide.
|Interior of the Terem Palace|
In the 16th century, Aloisio the New constructed the first Russian royal palace in this spot, but only the ground floor survives from that structure. The palace was completely rebuilt by the first Romanov tsar, Mikhail Feodorovich, in 1635-36. The new structure was surrounded by numerous annexes and outbuildings, including the Boyar Platform, Golden Staircase, Golden Porch, and several turrets.
Exeter International travelers get an exclusive look at these beautiful and historic monuments of Russia's past, and our guests are among the few ever allowed to enter these ancient sites.
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