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Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon

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Red Square & Kitay-gorod
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Two great monuments to the past are the Tsar Cannon, the largest cannon in...

Two great monuments to the past are the Tsar Cannon, the largest cannon in the world, located right outside Cathedral Square, and the 200-ton Tsar Bell, which was silenced by fire and now sits at the foot of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

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Impessive in every way are these two items on display within the Kremlin. The Tsar Bell, built between 1733 and 1735 is claimed as the largest bell in the world. At around 6 mtrs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 February 2017
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Impessive in every way are these two items on display within the Kremlin. The Tsar Bell, built between 1733 and 1735 is claimed as the largest bell in the world. At around 6 mtrs high , with a diameter 6'6 mtrs, and weighing 202kg, I don't doubt that it is. The bell was broken during casting and has never been... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The bell was commissioned by Empress Anna, Niece of Peter the Great. However, it was too heavy to be lifted up in the olden days. This is the largest non working bell in the world as I was told. It also has a broken piece next to it.

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

It's marginally interesting as part of a tour of the Kremlin. It does exactly what it says on the tin!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

On the Kremlin tour you get to see this magnificent huge broken bell. It was Empress Anna Ioanovna that wanted the bell made, but it had disaster written all over it from the inception. It weigh 202 tons and is the biggest bell in the world. Standing about 6 meters tall.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I visited the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon during a guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin. The cannon is a very popular "selfie" site. The cannon was cast using bronze at the Moscow Foundary in 1586. It's barrel is almost 6 metres long while its calibre is 890 millimetres. It is very decorative. This gigantic cannon weighs around 35 tonnes... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We saw the Tsar Bell and Cannon as part of a two hour guided Kremlin tour. Impressive to hear/read the stories about the "never-fired-scare-off-your-enemies-cannon" and about the Bell that was to heavy to be lifted...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

These two monuments are right next to each other inside the Kremlin on Cathedral Square. The cannon has minute detail on its facade and they both give great photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Our excursion group was mesmerized with the Tsar’s Cannon in Moscow’s Kremlin. Oversized and unable to fire a cannon ball, it continues to fascinate persons since its creation in 1586. The Cannon weighs 39 tons, surrounded with heavy cannon balls. It is one of the largest and oldest cannons in the world. The official history is that it was intended... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

When visiting Kremlin, you can find these giant ornaments on display with tourists like us taking photos. The Tsar's Cannon, made in 1586 of bronze and mounted on a cast iron carriage (added in 1835), is 5.34 meter (17.5 ft) long and weighs 39.3 tonnes, the largest as per Guinness Book of Records. The cannonballs laid down in front of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Did not know these were in the Kremlin till we were walking around there. The huge canon was built to fight the Chinese but was never used. There are three huge canon balls on display in front of it but they are actually too big for the bore off f the canon and the canon was really planned to use... More 

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