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Often referred to simply as "The Kremlin," this fortress is located in the center of Moscow, off of the Red Square. It is the most well known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and serves as the official residence of the Russian President. The Kremlin encompasses four cathedrals, four palaces and a number of towers.

One of the major highlights here is the Armory Palace, one of the city's oldest museums. The Armory Palace was originally the royal Russian arsenal where weapons were produced and stored. It wasn't until the early 1800s that it was converted into a museum. Now, it showcases Western European, Asian and Russian weapons and armor, as well as several collections of work from goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewelers. Don't miss the Fabergé egg exhibit. 

Be forewarned, though, recent travelers complain about the lack of efficiency they encountered while visiting the Kremlin. Extensive delays, long lines, minimal supervision (apparently, people jump lines while bored guards chat amongst themselves) and general confusion are the norms. Come equipped with plenty of time and patience to spare. One TripAdvisor user writes, "All told we waited for over four hours to views things that took less than two hours too see at a leisurely pace…. I am glad I saw the beauty and treasures there but there is no reason for such appallingly poor crowd management…"

Admission to the Kremlin is around US$10 (300 rubles) and includes access to all of the churches inside. Admission to the Armory Palace will set you back another $11 USD or so (350 rubles). If you have large bags, you have to leave them at the kamera khraneniya (baggage check) behind the stairs from the ticket counters in Alexander Garden, which you'll find located along the western wall of the Kremlin.

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#1 Red Square One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly ... Read more » Anton Fomkin / Flickr

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The Tretyakov Gallery may be the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. Bernt Rostad / Flickr

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