The Moscow Kremlin: Its History, Architecture, and Art Treasures

The Moscow Kremlin: Its History, Architecture, and Art Treasures

The Moscow Kremlin: Its History, Architecture, and Art Treasures

The Moscow Kremlin: Its History, Architecture, and Art Treasures

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This book is an outgrowth of an interest in Russian architecture and decorative arts that had its origin long ago, during my travels through Russian architectural and art centers and repeated visits to Moscow and the Kremlin. My purpose in this book is to acquaint the Western reader with some of the most notable aesthetic achievements of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Russia, and to point out a number of little-known aspects of the Kremlin that have contributed to the expansion of political, religious, cultural, and artistic life of Russia.

To the best of my knowledge, the physical changes in the Kremlin within the last thirty-five years have been few and of relatively little architectural importance. A group of old buildings has been replaced by a large office building, a few monuments and the imperial eagles have been removed; but the walls, the towers, and 95 per cent of the churches and palaces remain as they were before the revolution, though they may function in a different capacity. Many of the structures have been repaired and restored to their original medieval state. Some of the cathedrals and churches and their sacristies have become religious . . .

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