Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, Moscow

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While visiting the Moscow Kremlin, take the opportunity to admire Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, two towering examples of bronze casting taken to the extreme. The cannon dates back to the 16th century and the bell is around 150 years younger. To this day, they are the largest of their kind in the world. Technically a bombard, the highly ornate cannon weighs close to 40 tons, and even though legend claims it was never fired, there do seem to be some traces of use inside the barrel. The 200 ton bell, however, was definitely never used, because it cracked during the casting: you can still see the 11.5 ton broken-off piece next to it. Both attractions are so massive that you can easily take clear photos of them even when they're surrounded by a crowd of onlookers. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Moscow using our trip planner.
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  • August 19, 2017
    We bought tickets to enter the Kremlin and especially came to visit the Tsar bell and the Tsar canon which is the biggest cannon in the world according to the Guinness book of records.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Near the plaza of the Cathedral and the belfry is a huge Canyon, which was never used as a curiosity and its construction dates from the 16th century. A few meters is the gigantic Bell of the Tsar, which produce a fire and throw water on it occurred splitting and detachment of a part of it. Impossible not to see these striking attractions of the Kremlin.
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  • August 15, 2017
    If you look at the size of the cannon and bell, then they must weight tons. The cannon is made of bronze but has a cast iron decorative carriage. It was never used in war but proved to be working duri...  more »

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