This monster 1586 cannon was intended to be used in the wars against the Tartars. It fired grapeshot: the balls are just for show as there was no way to lift these for loading. The cannon was test fired successfully and taken to battle, but never used. The Tartars were awed by the gun and retreated.
Moscow Kremlin May 27th 2017 Geo: 55.7497, 37.6135We started the day with an exclusive, pre-opening visit to the Kremlin museums, followed by viewing several of the churches and palaces in the 28 hectare, triangular-shaped complex. After another fine lunch at the National Hotel we spent most of the afternoon (too long) at the Museum of Cosmonautics.What a shame that no photos were allowed inside any of the Kremlin buildi ... read more
Europe » Russia Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more