Moscow, Russia – Daddio has been waiting a long time to take the twins to the Armory in the Moscow Kremlin. Seven years, to be exact. So here we finally are, on a fabulous sunny day in June, introducing the twins to the best and worst of Russian history.
We spent a short time walking around the Kremlin grounds. The boys peaked into the glittering Archangel Cathedral to see all the tombs. Otherwise, Daddio glossed over the churches, impressive though they are. He focused on the Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell, two creations that are noteworthy only for their size–and their resulting non-functionality. Still, the boys were impressed.
Then we made our way to the Armory, which houses an incredible collection of armor, weapons, jewels, china, gold, gowns, thrones, crowns and carriages. No photos inside the museum, unfortunately, so I have nothing to show for it. But we spent several hours gawking at the bling. Highlights included:
- The Faberge eggs, especially the Grand Siberian Railway egg, featuring a gold locomotive. What can I say? Once a train lover, always a train lover.
- The armor, including real chain mail worn by Boris Godunov and real sabers used by Minin and Pozharsky. Plus, equestrian armor!
- The thrones, especially the double throne used by Peter the Great and his half-brother Ivan V, which they shared (complete with a secret compartment for their sister the Regent Sophia).
After the Armory, we wandered out to Alexander Garden to catch changing of the guard and to admire the newly unveiled statue of Prince Vladimir the Great (early ruler of Rus and adopter of Christianity). It’s a doozy!