Completed in 1655, the Patriarch’s Palace was built in honor of Patriarch Nikon. The ground level was meant only for administration, the reception halls were on the second floor while the third floor hosted the personal apartments of the Patriarch.
Nowadays the Patriarch’s Palace contains a collection dedicated especially to Russian culture in the 17th century. Among the items displayed one can find crockery, jewels, hunting items and furniture. All the items were made by masters of Kremlin, Yaroslavl, Kastroma and other cities. They enable to get an insight into what was Russian culture before the reform established by Patriarch Nikon and Tsar Alexis I.
The five domed Church of the Twelve Apostles was built on the Patriarch’s Palace.