Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon

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Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon
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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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Neighbourhood: Tverskoy
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  • Biblioteka Imeni Lenina • 6 min walk
  • Borovitskaya • 8 min walk
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10 330 contributions
Just a quick photo op
Apr 2021
Undoubtedly both of these items displayed are terrific works of art, but that's it.
There's no history behind them as they were never used, so it's just an interesting photo spot inside the Kremlin complex.
Written 12 May 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21 187 contributions
Grandiose and useless.
Oct 2020
Volkswagen's slogan "Small is beautiful" is not about these monstrous royal symbols. Neither the Tsar Bell nor the Tsar cannon were ever used for their intended purpose. The bell did not ring, and the cannon never fired. For simple reasons. We needed a bell tower the size of the modern skyscrapers of Moscow City for such a bell, and colossal cores and huge kinetic energy for this 890 mm cannon. So these are just monuments of foundry art. The 40-ton Tsar Cannon was cast by Andrey Chokhov in 1586, and the 200-ton Tsar Bell was cast in bronze by master Ivan Motorin and his son Mikhail in 1733-1735. By the way, the piece that broke off during the Moscow fire of 1737 weighs 11 tons.
Written 30 March 2021
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7 375 contributions
Impressive monuments
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Tsar bell is the biggest bell in the world. Unfortunately it was never used because the fire destroyed it shortly after it was made (that’s how the piece broke). The Tsar Cannon has the biggest caliber in the world and is also of an enormous size and weight. They say it had fired once according to the traces. Both of those amazing monuments are on the territory of the Kremlin, in Cathedral Square. You need to buy a basic ticket to enter the Kremlin and then you will see it.
Written 8 April 2020
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ZBH88
Stoke-on-Trent, UK1 198 contributions
The largest now broken bell!
Feb 2020 • Family
Located near the cathedrals in the Kremlin. The Canon and bell are situated a few yards from each other. The biggest in the world and worth a picture but only a 5 minute stop.
Written 23 February 2020
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drogilmour
Guatemala City, Guatemala2 691 contributions
Beautifully ornate and poorly executed
Dec 2019 • Couples
The bell designed to produce a lower tone than the ones of the predecessor tzars, was in fact too thin above the bead line as to withstand the hammering of the clapper. Judging by the rupture, the bell was probably tried once after being casted, with the clapper attaining such a Kinetic force as to produce the dislocation of the large bronze chunk.

The cannon serve purely decorative and maybe deterrent functions, since being so heavy it would sink into the ground and be stuck.
Written 12 December 2019
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1 168 contributions
The cannon that never fired and the bell that never rang
Jul 2019
As part of our Bridge to Moscow tour we were taken to the giant cannon and the bell, a decent story behind them both and a nice photo opportunity but nothing to really stay too long for.
Written 26 October 2019
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1 275 contributions
The biggest bell and the biggest cannon
Sep 2019
Certainly very impressive. The cannon dates from 1586 and is supposedly the largest in the world. The Bell was made in 1735 and again is supposed to be the biggest in the world. Neither of them were ever used apparently. Have a look if you can get near enough due to the crowds and then move on to the more amazing sights of the cathedrals and museums.
Written 11 October 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1 477 contributions
Difficult to miss
Aug 2019 • Couples
You would think these stonking great hunks of metal would be difficult to miss, so it was surprising to see so many people turning towards the Cathedrals before reaching these items

They are very impressive. And the bell, although it has a large chunk broken off from it this does show how thick the casting is
Written 9 August 2019
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1 489 contributions
Impressive big fat cannon
Mar 2019 • Business
Does the appropriate 40-ton cannon actually work? The cannon balls are gigantic. The gigantic Tsar cannon, cast of bronze (this decorative rather than being built to be a formidable weapon) and Tsar bell were built to symbolize the strength and power of the Tsar. The cannon dates back to 1586, and the bell to 1735. The bell has a height of 6.1 metres and a maximum width of 6.6 metres.
Written 1 August 2019
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Margaret W
Launceston, Australia420 contributions
World's Largest
Jul 2019 • Solo
It may be as claimed the largest cannon but for all that it has never fired a shot. It is impressive for both its size and intricate decorations.
The bell is also huge but also broken! Its surface is decorated with images of angels and patron saints along with images of Empress Anna and Tsar Alexy.
Both are located inside the Kremlin walls.
Written 23 July 2019
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