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The Tour to the Moscow Kremlin

Hello to everyone,

To begin with, I am native Russian and I have a big interest to share with you an article recently posted on the Russian forum and devoted to the visit of the Moscow Kremlin by a group of people with disabilities. This article was translated from Russian to English with permission from the author.

How could you visit the capital of Russia without visiting the Moscow Kremlin?

One may absolutely say that even for locals of Moscow a visit to the Kremlin is an intriguing and memorable event. Yet, in combination with an interesting and informative tour, one may have a story to tell friends and acquaintances afterwards.

The author of the article himself has checked the site of Moscow Kremlin for accessibility and inclusion.

The construction of the Kremlin was started under Ivan Kalita on Borovitsky Hill on the left bank of Moscow River in the early 14th century. Today, the Kremlin serves as the largest ancient fortress in Russia and Europe.

The overall length of the existing Kremlin walls is 2'235 m, which forms an irregular triangle. Along the walls there are 20 towers, the highest one of which is Troitskaya tower that has a height of 80 m including the star on top.

The Kremlin walls were originally made from white stones and even when the walls were replaced by red bricks, they were painted white for nearly four centuries. The reasons behind the white Kremlin were not only the fashion and the tradition to paint walls white for important events, but also the security of the bricks and camouflage during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).

During the tour you can also see the Tsar cannon - the mortar of the biggest calibre of 890 mm is included in the Guinness Book of Records.

You can also see the Tsar Bell with height and diameter of more than 6 meters cast in 1735.

These and many other interesting sights and historical facts you learn from the tour of the Moscow Kremlin.

Today all temples and other buildings that are in the territory of the Kremlin are conditionally available for visitors with limited mobility.

Physically challenged visitors are able to get inside with the help of friends or volunteers that can be found at the website http://invatravel.ru/ .

Doubtless, you will have an unforgettable few hours of walking to the Kremlin and the Alexander Garden.

The duration of the tour is around 2 hours. And, the tour for the stronger ones can continue with a walk around the Red Square.

Resource:
http://invatravel.ru/2014/11/20/ekskursiya-v-moskovskij-kreml/

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Dear Evgeniya
I was last year visiting the Kremlin. I was really imprest of al the things we have seen. Additionally to your report, I would like to mention some experience that I had. I was travelling with my native speaking russian...
Dear Evgeniya
I was last year visiting the Kremlin. I was really imprest of al the things we have seen. Additionally to your report, I would like to mention some experience that I had. I was travelling with my native speaking russian girlfriend, this was very helpful. I realised that English is not so common, even at tourist places. You will inside the Kremlin not find restaurants or shop to buy water or food. Also you have to look for toilets with access for wheelchair, otherwise you will make a long return. The really impressing museum is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. To avoid long stairs you can get in through a side door but only with special permission from the security chef of Kremlin. The museum dosen’t have a lift. The see al exhibits you have to ask for help, because they are of different levels. The staff, I found, was not really helpful compared to other tourists.
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Dear Nemo,

Thank you for sharing your personal experience.

In addition to your review I might add that nowadays only a small part of the Kremlin is open like a museum, while the most part of the Kremlin - is the residence of the...
Dear Nemo,

Thank you for sharing your personal experience.

In addition to your review I might add that nowadays only a small part of the Kremlin is open like a museum, while the most part of the Kremlin - is the residence of the President of the Russian Federation. Thereby, unfortunately, it is not so easy to fulfill reconstruction for people with limited mobility due to demands of safety.

To my opinion, the best way is to organize a tour to such special places through specialized companies. In this case, they will arrange special tours for people with limited mobility that will help to avoid the major part of problems.

Evgeniya
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