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The Secret Tower

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Identification

The Secret Tower
The Tainitskaya Tower
233992

Map

Structure in General

guard tower
existing [completed]

Facts

  • It's the central tower of the southern part of The Kremlin Wall.
  • Originally, the tower was built in 1485 by Anton Fryazin.
  • After the tower was built, the construction of new fortifications was started in the Kremlin.
  • It had a secret underground passage that led towards Moskva River.
  • In the 17th century, the tower had the fire-turret with a belfry and alarm-bells.
  • In 1670-1680, the tower was topped with a stone four-faceted marquee.
  • The tower was dismantled in 1770-1771, when the construction of The Grand Kremlin Palace was underway, and restored in 1783.
  • In 1812, during French troops invasion, it was damaged by a powerful blast and later reconstructed.

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Location

Kremlin
Kitay-Gorod
Central
Moscow
City of Moscow
Russia

Technical Data

125.98 ft
125.98 ft
1819
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