Kremlin in Izmailovo

Izmailovsky kreml

This cultural and entertainment complex designed in the traditional 17th century Russian style was founded by Alexander Ushakov and Marina Alexeyeva in 2003. The complex serves as the ground for various fairs, festivals, costume parties, themed events for children. The idea of creating such complex came to Alexander Ushakov, a descendant of a famous icon-painter Simon Ushakov, in a night-dream! The site was once occupied by the Romanovs’ workshops and factories. Alexander Ushakov saw in his dream what every visitor nowadays can see in reality – a Kremlin with ornate towers and a square, and he submitted his architectural project to the city administration. The first building constructed on the site was the church of St. Nikolas of Myra, managed by Saint Daniil (Danilov) Monastery. The wooden church imitates the traditional ancient Russian architectural style. This is the Moscow’s tallest wooden temple, measuring 46 meters from the foundation to the tip of the cross.

During the fire of 2005 the Kremlin and Izmailovo Vernisazh suffered serious damage and had to be rebuilt afresh. Currently, the Kremlin hosts the Wedding Palace, the Museums of Bread, History of Vodka (the exposition includes over 600 sorts of this traditional drink), Russian Toys, Comic-Strips, a banquette hall ‘Traktir’ (Russian for tavern) decorated in Russian folk style. Traditional crafts’ workshops offer visitors an opportunity to learn about smithery, pottery, making of soap, candles, matryoshka-dolls, baking of spice cakes, and a lot more. The Kremlin is an ideal place for holding weddings and parties. Note that professional photographers and cameramen, wishing to shoot the events, have to apply for accreditation.

The complex also includes a crafts and arts market, Izmailovo Vernisazh, offering a variety of traditional craft items, souvenirs and antiques. If you want to take home some gifts, this would be the best place to shop for them. The Flea Market would impress any collector. Even locals are fascinated by exploring the stalls with old military uniform, dresses, knives, paraffin lamps, silverware, Tula samovars, icons, wrist-watches, and patterned shawls. On the right side of the Kremlin you will find Serebryano-Vinogradny (Silver Grape) Pound and enjoy the beautiful reflections of ornate towers. Nearby is the Izmailovo Hotel complex, popular among foreign visitors.

Address: 73Zh Izmailovskoye Freeway (Izmailovskoye shosse, 73Zh)
Opening hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How to reach: Partizanskaya metro station
Coordinates: 55.794400, 37.750311