The Tsar Bell

The Tsar Bell – one of the attractions of the Moscow Kremlin. It is located on the Ivanovo area, was cast in the XVIII century by masters foundry Motorin. Tsar Bell – the largest bronze bell in the world, having a height of 6.24 m., diameter – 6.6 m., weight – about 200 tons.

In 1730, work began on the bell casting by the order of Empress Anna Ivanovna, the weight which was to reach 10 thousand pounds. Preparations continued until 1735. When the bell was finally cast, then hammered work began, which lasted until the Kremlin fire in May 1737. Extinguishing the fire from extreme temperatures hot metal cracked and broke a piece of the bell weighing 11.5 tons. After that, almost 100 years (from 1735 to 1836) stayed in the bell casting pit. On the pedestal of the belfry of Ivan the Great Bell was only in 1836 – as an example of Russian foundry art.

Useful information

How to get to the Bell-King:

  • Metro Station of:  “Borovitskaya”, “Library Lenin”, “Alexandrovsky Garden”, “Arbat”, “Theatre”, “Revolution Square”, “Okhotny Ryad”
  • Bus: 25 (stop Red Square)
  • Trolleybus: 8 (stop Red Square)


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