Last weekend I finally went to the place I dreamed to visit for the last several years - The Grand Kremlin Palace and The Faceted Hall. Now I would like to give a small review about The Palace and the Hall and share some of my thoughts. First of all I need to note that I was waiting for this tour for so long because it was almost impossible in the past to get there. The Grand Kremlin Palace and The Faceted Hall are not the museums - they call them as The Official Residence of The President of Russian Federation. You can get there only on special occasions or during the prepayment tour that is held 3-4 times per month only and the duration is 1,5 hours.
I spent almost 2 weeks while I was trying to book the tour. The main problem is that the company that makes the booking can't let you know exact day or time for the tour before 4 or 5 days of the tour. The tour itself is limited on how many people who can book it (not more than 25). I was on WhatsApp with a manager of the company almost everyday to get to know the day and the time for the tour. One more thing: you need to make the full prepayment for the tour beforehand but that doesn't mean that the tour will be on that exact day or time and that is really disappointing.
During the Grand Kremlin Palace Tour I had the opportunity to visit: The Grand Kremlin Palace with Andreevsky Hall (Throne Hall), Vladimirsky Hall, Georgievsky Hall, Alexandrovsky Hall, The Faceted Hall, The Terem Palace, The inner rooms of Russian Emperoros. The duration of the tour is 1 hour and 30 min. I really liked the part that was about medieval part of The Kremlin (The Teremnoy Palace and The Faceted Hall). Only this part helped me to get the real view of what was Moscow in Pre-Petrine times. The other halls are very similar to the halls that I have already visited in Saint-Petersburg so they weren't so impressed for me. I was a bit surprised to found that the inaugural ceremony of Russian President takes place in the former Throne Hall. Looks like we have now the New Emperor and Russia right now is not democratic contry but a real monarchy.
The Grand Kremlin Palace is one of the Moscow Kremlin Palaces that was built in 1838-1849 by the order of Emperor Nicholas I. The Palace right now insludes: Teremnoy Palace (built in 1635-1636), nine churches (14, 16 and 17 centuries), the main hall and around 700 rooms.
The Palace of Facets or The Faceted Hall which contains what used to be the main banquet reception hall of the Muscovite Tsars. It is the oldest preserved secular building in Moscow. Located on Cathedral Square. It was built by the order of Ivan The Great in 1487—1491 by two italian architects.
I am happy to invite any of my guests to visit this amazing place so it will be unique experience for you! Just ask me about this tour.