Inside the Grand Kremlin Palace
Tour the Grand Kremlin Palace with Exeter International
The Grand Kremlin Palace was built in just twelve years, from 1837 to 1849 in Moscow, Russia atop Borovitsky Hill. It was designed by Konstantin Thon, who oversaw a specially appointed team of architects. The Grand Palace’s imposing beauty was intended to emphasize the greatness of Russian autocracy and historically served as the tsar’s Moscow residence.
Overlooking the Moscow River, the palace stands 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 dating back to the 14th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the Holy Vestibule, and over 700 rooms and apartments. The buildings are situated around a rectangular inner courtyard. The west building of the Grand Kremlin Palace primarily functioned as the imperial family’s private chambers and state reception halls.
The nearby Terem Palace was previously, the main residence of the Russian tsars during the 17th century. Its name is derived from the Greek word τερεμνον (i.e., “dwelling”). The complex is generally not accessible to the public, as it belongs to the official residence of the Russian President; however, travelers visiting through Exeter’s Hidden Russia small group program can get an exclusive look inside with a certified guide. The experience is also available to individual travelers looking for a piece of unspoiled and untouched living history.
During 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 palace 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. Our guests are among the few ever allowed to enter these ancient sites.
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