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State Armoury

The Kremlin’s fabulous collection of weaponry and treasure offers a fascinating insight into the immense wealth and power enjoyed by the Russian aristocracy throughout the centuries. Moscow’s Grand Princes began storing their valuables in the Kremlin’s cellars as early as the 14th century, but when space ran short a stone treasury was built between the fortress’s cathedrals. The collection was first put on public display in 1806 and the current State Armoury was purpose-built as a museum on the orders of Tsar Nicholas I. Designed by Konstantin Ton in 1844, the building was completed in 1851. Here you will find remarkable ceremonial carriages, priceless churchware and glittering thrones, as well as The Diamond Fund, a separate museum ...

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