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Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon

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Address: Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
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Two great monuments to the past are the Tsar Cannon, the largest cannon in...

Two great monuments to the past are the Tsar Cannon, the largest cannon in the world, located right outside Cathedral Square, and the 200-ton Tsar Bell, which was silenced by fire and now sits at the foot of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

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Interesting history but just a curiosity

This is the perfect example of some of the reasons the tsars lost the plot. The biggest ever cannon never fired and the biggest ever bell that was so heavy that couldn't be lifted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is the perfect example of some of the reasons the tsars lost the plot. The biggest ever cannon never fired and the biggest ever bell that was so heavy that couldn't be lifted and end up broken. Great stories good to see but a 5 minutes event

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This an enormously gigantic bell. It stands outside the Ivan the Great Bell Tower on the Kremlin grounds. It was cast in early 18th century on the orders of empress Anna Ioannovna, however, before the whole work was finalised a fire caused damage, it cracked and a piece broke off. It is decorated with reliefs of the empress and the... More 

Thank Dimitris L
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tsar Bell is the world's largest bell and because of its size, it has never been rung. The Tsar Cannon is probably the largest cannon but apparently was never shot because it probably wouldn't work. Both are symbols of the Tsars (and probably built symbolically): Build great and grand things regardless of any value they have.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

While you're on the Cathedral Sq inside the Kremlin, which is an absolute must with all the magnificent Churches, you'll pass those two, the Bell and the Cannon. The Bell is little bit more interesting, beautifully cast with decorations and broken. Both claim to be the biggest ones in the world, but that's it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The Tsar Bell and Tsar cannon are very impressive and located on the Kremlin ground. One can get a very nice picture with the bell and the presedential building as the background!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The Cannon although never fired weighs 40 tons and is 5m 34cm long, its calibre is 890mm. It is the world’s biggest cannon as regards its calibre. The Tsar Bell is also the largest in the world; it weighs over 200 tons, is 6.14m tall and is 6.6m in diameter. Great photo opportunities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

You can't imagine or believe how huge this bell is and i have no idea how they could move it ... Really liked it☺️

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The bell weighs 20 tons and was cast in 1730's. It was damaged in a fire in 1737 and cracked so it was never hoisted to the bell tower. The cannon was part of the defensive artillery of the Kremlin but was never used. Worth a brief visit while touring the Kremlin.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

It's not everyday that you see cannon or bell of that size, but it's not that special, especially taken into account that cannon was never used in war, and that the bell is cracked. Worth seeing when in Kremlin (since it's hard to miss it) but don't understand all the hype...

Thank Aleksandar S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

When you visit Kremlin you will see biggest cannon and biggest bell on the world. The bell is even broken. Both of them have never been used. The cannon is 86 or 89cm calibre. Everything worth 2 pictures. ...

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