By invitation of the Metropol Hotel Moscow, we had the chance to visit the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, which is generally closed to the public. The Palace is the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
Built from 1837 to 1849 by a team of architects under the management of Konstantin Thon it was intended to emphasise the “greatness of Russian autocracy”. Konstantin Thon was also the architect of the Kremlin Armoury and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The Grand Kremlin Palace was formerly the tsar’s Moscow residence and the private rooms are lavishly restored to the former glory.
Thon’s palace is 125 metres long, 47 metres high, and has a total area of about 25,000 square metres. It includes the earlier Terem Palace, nine churches from the 14th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the Holy Vestibule, and over 700 rooms. The buildings of the Palace form a rectangle with an inner courtyard. The building appears to be three stories, but is actually two. The upper floor has two sets of windows. The west building of the Palace held state reception halls and the imperial family’s private chambers.
Its five reception halls (Georgievsky, Vladimirsky, Aleksandrovsky, Andreyevsky, and Ekaterininsky) are named for orders of the Russian Empire: the Orders of St. George, Vladimir, Alexander, Andrew, and Catherine. Georgievsky Hall is used today for state and diplomatic receptions and official ceremonies. International treaties are signed at the Vladimirsky Hall. It also leads to the Palace of Facets, Tsarina’s Golden Chamber, Terem Palace, the Winter Palace, and the Palace of Congresses. Aleksandrovsky Hall and Andreyevsky Hall were combined in Soviet times to be used for meetings and conferences of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.
It was here, for example, where Nikita Khrushchev officially ended the Stalin Cult.
The Russian name of the palace is: Большой Кремлёвский дворец
Thank you, Hotel Metropol for making this unique opportunity possible!
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