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The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower

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Identification

The Ivan the Great Bell-Tower
233949

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
white
russian-soviet architecture

Facts

  • Similar to Philadelphia's Philadelphia City Hall, an unwritten law forbade all builders in the city to construct any building taller than this tower; the building was surpassed in height during the Soviet times as old traditions and rituals, including religion, faded.
  • To this day the tower remains the tallest structure within the Kremlin, surpassing all other buildings within the wall as well as the guard towers on The Kremlin Wall.
  • A popular misconception is that the tower is named after Ivan the Terrible, here called "the Great" for one reason or another; in fact, the two czars were separate rulers, with Ivan the Great being Ivan the First and Ivan the Terrible being Ivan the Fourth.
  • A legend says that the ghost of Ivan the Terrible still walks on the uppermost level of the bell tower and can be heard during a quiet night.

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Location

Kremlin
Ivanovskaya Square
Kitay-Gorod
Central
Moscow
City of Moscow
Russia

Technical Data

265.75 ft
265.75 ft
1505
1508

Involved Companies

Marco Bono
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