|From the river, the Kremlin wall, now decorated with a forest of greenery, |
at best, appears to be a retaining wall guarding a riverside highway. The
architectural contrasts are jarring.
Versailles. Should the Russian's redecorate the whole place? Of course not. As I mentioned before, it's part of who they are as a people; and who are we to impose our aesthetic values upon an entire nation. It's designed specifically to impress visiting heads of state (not to mention tourists); and that it does magnificently.
|Russian President Putin's quarters are either just behind Lenin's tomb (bottom-center)|
or in the Kremlin Palace (sources differ).
|Moscow Kremlin, damage in the wake of Napoleon, A. Bakarev, 1812|
|Moscow's Kremlin has had something of a tortured existence.|
|The Assumption Cathedral and the bell|
tower of Ivan the Great.
|Largely the same view as the night scene (top) but from the air. The whole fortress|
was once surrounded by a moat where now is the park and Red Square.
|The throne of Peter the Great.|
|The Kremlin Palace throne room.|
|American President Barrack Obama meets with then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev|
in his Kremlin office, July, 2009. It's not the throne room, but it's close.
|The Tsar's Bell and his canon rest within the Kremlin as imperial curiosities.|