Grand Kremlin Palace
The Grand Kremlin Palace was built on the initiative of Nicolas I. The construction lasted for twelve years and was completed in 1850. Three architects worked for its design under supervision of Konstantin Ton who was also in charge of building the Armory Palace.
It was built at the former place of the palace of Grand Prince Ivan III and Empress Elisabeth I, however it kept some parts of the buildings from the 15th and 16th century including Terem Palace.
The palace, with its 125 meters long façade, contains seven hundred rooms including a main living room, five reception halls and the imperial family’s apartments. The outstanding interior decoration mixes various styles form Renaissance to Russian-Byzantin.
In 1933-1934, the Alexandrovsky and Andreevsky halls were rebuilt so as to welcome the sessions of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet. The Grand Kremlin Palace was restored between 1994 and 1998.