Welcome to around the world with your lovable and witty host, me, Dave. This is the place where I tell you all about the places around the world I hope to one day visit.
Our stop this week takes us to Russia and the heart of Moscow.
Any guesses for where we are going this week?
It is of course the Kremlin which means “fortress inside a city” and it really is. The Moscow Kremlin contains five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. No wonder it is the official residence of the Russian President but I still don’t get why it needs so many palaces and cathedrals. I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere about even having the kitchen sink, with five palaces and four cathedrals it probably has a couple.
There have been people living at the site continuously since the 2nd century B.C.E with a fortified structure (known as a “grad”) dating back to the 11th century C.E which was destroyed by the Mongols in 1237 and rebuilt in oak in 1339.
Sadly that is not the case anymore, a giant fortress made of oak would be impressive if not very practical, although the current Kremlin walls do date back to between 1485 and 1495 which is still a lot older than I thought.
I thought the Kremlin would have been built by the Tsar’s, which is an era of history I love because some of them were, and I believe this is the technical term, batshit crazy. I was half right, the reason there are so many palaces and cathedrals at the Kremlin is because various Tsar’s kept adding to it with one Tsar even building a palace each for his two sons.
The Russian Tsar’s are one of the more interesting points in history and just highlight how abusive and insane rulers can be when they have unlimited power and how extravagant their lives are.
Plus for years the Kremlin has been like bad guy HQ thanks to the Cold War and American movies. Communism meets Tsar-ism. Is that a word?
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