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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