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Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon
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Kremlin Small-Group Tour
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

On Ivan Square in kremlin we saw the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, famous masterpieces of the Russian casting. The cannon, with a 40-ton barrel, was designed in 1586 to defend the Kremlin's Savior Gate, but it has never been fired. The chassis and the cannonballs alongside were built 3 centuries later and give a sense of the enormity of the weapon (though it was designed to fire stones and not cannonballs).
The bell is the largest in the world, at 200 tons, 6.1m (20 ft.) high, and 6.6m (22 ft.) in diameter. It was built in the 1730s it still remained in the moulding pit. In May, 1737, a terrible Troitskiy (Trinity) fire broke out in Moscow and spread to the Kremlin buildings. When the flames on the scarffolding around the bell were being extinguished, cold water fell on the bell itself. The difference in temperature caused it to crack, and a huge piece of 11,5 ton broke off... we got to see the broken bit as well as the bell and appreciated the history behind them

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

The biggest and heaviest bell in the world and the biggest and heaviest canon in the world - neither of which had been used but very impressive nevertheless

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Tsar's gun and bell are impressive for there size, but that's about it. I would guess the best thing for them is to provide a backdrop for tourist photos.

Thank John H
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

These are behind buildings so be careful you don't miss seeing them. You get another view of the grand buildings too with a few trees to add to the picture.
The large Tzar's Bell had been dropped while trying to place in the bell tower so was cracked and had a chunk that had fallen out. A rather sad sight and made one realise just how large these bells are so getting them to where they belong is no easy feat.
The Tzar's Cannon is one of many seen in the general area so we have many photos.

Thank Gaylene H
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Nice and impressive objects placed inside of Kremlin....they have never been really used. The whole Kremlin territory is reconstucted and kept in a very good shape, clean and tidy. I liked to imagine the different times and different people who shaped this territory.

Thank Jana A
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