Once again I found myself in a long queue , actually two queues- one to buy a ticket , the other at the security checkpoint.
I knew touring the Kremlin ( Moscow's fortified complex overlooking the Red Square and the Moskva River) could be a matter of several hours and there was no place there to buy food or a drink, so I carried with me a bag containing a snack, some fruit and a bottle of water. The young man at the checking point wanted me, for some reason, to get rid of the bottle. It seemed crazy. I went to another checker who let me in without any problem.
After entering the gates of the Kremlin one gets into an atmosphere heavily dominated by the great russian spirit, history, architecture, religion, wealth.
The Kremlin grounds, surrounded by red walls and towers are well kept, with a lot of pathways and gardens. There are five cathedrals, a huge bell (that never rang), a big cannon (that never fired), the headquarters of the President of Russia and his administration (not open to public), several museums.. .
I particularly liked the Cathedral Square with people going in and out of the churches, standing outside, chatting and taking pictures ( no photography inside). From the pathway adjacent to the square, there's a good view of the Moskova river .
Russian czars were crowned in the Assumption Cathedral and burried in the Archangel Cathedral.
The Archangel Cathedral has more than fifty royal graves, including that of Ivan the Terrible &two sons, and those of the Romanov dynasty members.
For many people, the highlight of the Kremlin tour is a visit to the 'armory'- the rooms that house the treasures of the czars. It is not allowed to take pictures inside , and words cannot do justice to what the eyes see there: superb royal carriages, items in gold, silver and precious gems given as presents by foreigners to the czars, coronation gowns, thrones, and then the jewelery chamber (the Diamond Fund for which one needs a separate ticket and going through security check).
heading to the armory entrance under sudden rain drops
When you see the treasures of the czars it's easy to understand the meaning of revolution. People were starving, and the czars were accumulating exorbitant riches. The clash had to come sooner or later.