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Bird's Eye View of the Moscow Kremlin


In present day AirPano team with the support of the President of Russia,V.V. Putin, and Russian Geographic Society (RGS) carries out the panorama shootings of historic-architectural ensemble of Moscow Kremlin and Red Square. Even though these photo shootings still continue, and all of the results of our work will be presented on our website only in several months, today project AirPano.ru and Russian Geographical Society are presenting Russian citizens a gift for Moscow City Day – a unique virtual tour over Kremlin with five spherical panoramas!

Until now no one else managed to take photos of Kremlin from these unique angles.

Kremlin's star

In December of last year we applied for the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) grant to develop AirPano.ru project. Quite surprisingly, we were invited to attend a meeting of the expert committee, and the project was approved after we had given our presentation. The ceremonial presentation of the RGS grants was held in April 2013 at the meeting of the RGS Board of Trustees under the chairmanship of President Vladimir Putin.

During his presentation at the meeting our colleague Sergey Semyonov asked V. Putin for his assistance in granting the permit to shoot Moscow Kremlin from the air. The President supported his idea and now we’ve completed several photo shootings over the territory of Kremlin.

President of Russia V. V. Putin handed AirPano the Grant Certificate from the RGS

Although it will take several months before all the photos are posted on our website, today AirPano project has prepared a gift for the city: a virtual tour over the Kremlin consisting of five spherical panoramas.

And now we want to tell you a few historical facts about this unique architectural monument.



The name "Kremlin" was given to a fortified complex found in various historic Russian cities. There are numerous kremlins in Russia that managed to survive up to this day: the Novgorod Kremlin, the Kazan Kremlin, the Pskov Kremlin, the Kolomna Kremlin. But only one Kremlin speaks for itself — the world-famous Moscow Kremlin in the capital of the Russian Federation. It's the largest fortress in Europe preserved and functioning up to this day. The Kremlin is a major tourist attraction, a Russian president's residence, and Russia's most famous landmark.

Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed

The first settlements on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin were established during the Bronze Age in 2000 BC, but the first fortifications appeared here much later in 1156. A 850-meter long wooden fortification with a total area of about 3 hectares was surrounded by a 16-18-meter long and 5-meter deep moat.

During the Mongol-Tatar invasion, the Kremlin was destroyed and then rebuilt. But only in the middle of the 14th century, during the rule of the Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy, the Kremlin's wooden walls and towers were replaced by structures from local white stone. It was from that moment on that Moscow was referred to as "Moscow made of white stone" ("Moskva belokamennaya").

Cathedral Square, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower

However, in the 15th century, during the rule of Ivan the Great, they had to rebuild it because its walls were falling apart. Italian architects were invited for the Kremlin's restoration, and because of this reason it is combined the best features of both Russian and Italian architecture. Thus, the impregnable fortress followed the example of the famous Sforza Castle in Milan, while its temples' architectural style strictly followed the Russian tradition.

Red Square

Brick was chosen as a base material for the construction. The central part of the Kremlin is occupied by Cathedral Square with the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Cathedral of the Dormition, the Hall of Facets, and the Cathedral of the Archangel, the burial place of Russian princes and kings, and the Ivan the Great Bell Tower.

Another major reconstruction of the Kremlin took place at the turn of the 16th century, and since then its appearance remained almost unchanged, except for the color.

Kremlin star

According to historical records and pictures, the walls of the fortress remained white for many centuries. To preserve the brickwork, as well as the memory of the "white Kremlin of Dmitry Donskoy," burnt bricks were carefully whitewashed. It is believed that the permission to paint the Kremlin in red color was given by Stalin in 1947 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Moscow. And before that, during World War II, the Kremlin had a unique disguise. A breakthrough project (for that time) was developed by a group under the leadership of academician Boris Iofan: the Kremlin's white walls were painted with house walls and black windows, fake streets were built on Red Square, and they even put a dome with a picture of a house above Lenin's Mausoleum. It was that disguise that protected the greatest Russian monument from being bombed and helped its survival to this day.

Cathedral Square, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower

It is worth mentioning that there were some buildings on the Kremlin's territory that didn't stand the test of time. For example, the Palace of Queen Natalia was taken apart by the decision of the famous architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and they made a parade area where Athanasius monastery used to be.

Spasskaya Tower's chimes

However, since the 15th century the Kremlin's towers and walls with their characteristic design have been and continue to be a symbol of Moscow and Russia.

Photo and Text by Sergey SemenovStas Sedov

7 September 2013

Русское Географическое Общество

Virtual tour has been created with support of Russian Geographical Society


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Amrita Banerjee, India

Super panoramy.Tylko siedzieć i oglądać:)

Elżbieta Tarka, Poland


Alfonso Lozano, Colombia

I've been there twice but never saw it like this. Many thanks!

Martin Hilovsky, USA

Realmente é muito bonito ver Moscou dentro desse panorama apresentado, creio que as novas fotos,irá
incluir fotos de Moscou a noite, que seria incrivelmente belo, uma vez que já ví algumas fotos
noturna e achei muito bonita.Parabens e Abraços

Sergio Alves da Silva Tuzzi, Brazil

I Love Nice

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soyab khan, India

Faszinierend, vielen Dank

Rita Eberwein, Germany

シ★ GoOoD ★シ !

PoRyA Panahi, Iran

Pure exquisiteness! Surely this rates more than a 5! Thank you for letting us see in part what God sees continually.

D Helms, USA

sentence by Peyman was more beautiful than the pictures !

Sarah Nixon, USA

Beravo Peyman !

ErFaN Nekonam, Iran

I Am Thankful I can see the beauty all around me. There are those whose world is always dark.Tank You Allah

Peyman Ahmadi, Iran

.I love this place, visited him daily and so I can see the world without leaving my home, your work is excellent! peerless


Nuevamente,tengo el agrado de felicitarlos por tan lindos trabajos ensenando al mundo las vistas
mas grandiosas, como Macchupicchu, vistas increibles y muy dificles de tomar en una geografia tan peligrosa como es el Peru con sus majestuosas cordilleras de los Andes.

Felix Costa, Peru

Felicitaciones por tan importante aporte de Cultura
para el mundo a traves de Panoru,un excelente trabajo con mucha precision y arte
Ahora es posible conocer el mundo enero, mil gracias

Felix Costa, USA

Brilliant. May God bless you.



-Forro- -ANNAMARIA-, Romania

Maravilhoso!!! Lindo!!! Obrigado por tudo

Luiz Carlos Flolay, Brazil

Lindo! Parabéns!

Feliciano Inacio da Silva, Brazil

Magnificent city of Moskova!
I love it always and can't forget it....its almost the same since I visited this city in 1985. The difference is @ 11:00 hrs, the roads and the Red Square looks empty...must have been some change now.
Plz chance the music and play something different...something new!
Spashivo balshoi!

Naren Pradhan, India

magnificent, informative, awe inspiring, every time you look you see something different, congratulations.

Mark Carr, United Kingdom

Thank you, Mark! Hope you like another our panoramas!

Varvara, AirPano

Beautiful presentation, but to many "red stars" for my liking !

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Mario Felicetti, Italy

Finally you did it, Sergey ! Congratulations, wonderfull photos !!!

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mahboobeh kadkhodayi, Iran

Simply Fresh and brilliant, a master piece of effort and creativity....

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ekkarthik Reddy, India

Great job...Great teaching!!


Desde que tuve la oportunidad de conocerlos a traves de su trabajo,me he dado los mejores paseos por el mundo gozando de la calidad y grandiosidad del mismo. Excelente, cada día los admiro más.

Jeremías de Jesús Guerrero Palacios, Colombia


Paulo Rattes, Brazil

No saben lo agradecido que estoy por este trabajo tan ejemplar y maravilloso que están efectuando: uno don se aprende y se vive la realidad de otros lugares del mundo sin necesidad de viajar hasta allá. Desde lo más profundo de mi ser...GRACIAS, GRACIAS....

Jorge Nelson Robles Olarte, Colombia

YOUR work is out of this world!!!
Truly a pleasure to see these pictures!
~ Thanks to YOU "I have flown" and recognized and known places where I've never been ... and I guess never be.
~.~ From the bottom of my heart ... THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!! ~.~ ITB - USA/ARGENTINA


Thanks a lot, Ines! We're glad that you like it. Hope to see you here again!

Varvara, AirPano


Geraldo Maribondo, Brazil