The Armoury Chamber was built in 1851, along with the Grand Kremlin Palace, but its history goes back much further than that. It was Peter the Great who decided to merge the Kremlin’s collection of armour and weapons with the Treasury of the Russian Tsars, and the Armoury, as the collection became known, was opened to the public as Moscow’s first museum in the early 19th century. After the Revolution many religious treasures were added to the collection and it now includes more than 4,000 items.
Enthusiasts of military history will be fascinated by the unique collection of historical armour and weapons, many of which date back to Russia’s medieval wars with the Golden Horde. The precious religious artifacts and the royal treasure are witnesses to the Kremlin’s past as Russia’s spiritual centre, where generations of Tsars were crowned and buried. Visitors will admire the grand state carriages used by the Tsars, elaborate ceremonial costumes, Russia’s ancient state regalia including the famous Monomakh Cap, and the jewelled Faberge eggs collected by the family of Nicholas II, the last Tsar. And much more - the Kremlin Armoury is a real treasure-house of gold, silver, jewellery and applied arts.
Highlights of the tour:
- A walk around the territory of the Kremlin, with its cathedrals, palaces, and the giant bronze Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon
- Russia’s state regalia, including the medieval Monomakh cap worn by Ivan the Terrible when he was crowned the first Tsar of Russia
- A unique collection of historical weapons and armour including the swords used by Minin and Pozharsky
- Tsarina Catherine the Great’s beautiful coronation dress, the double throne made for the young Princes Ivan and Peter, and a unique collection of state carriages
Join us, you will certainly not regret it!