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9 Moscow Kremlin Was Originally Painted White

Moscow Kremlin Was Originally Painted White

Posted on June 5, 2014 by tim


Maybe most of the people know of Moscow’s Red Square and the Red Kremlin building – the center point of Russian power and authority. However, it did not have its reddish hue in the nineteen century. Since the eighteen century the Moscow Kremlin had been painted… white. Deliberately painted white and refreshed its white coloring every few years. Sixty seven years ago Stalin gave an order to paint the Kremlin red.

Napoleon’s army, which once stormed Moscow and occupied the Kremlin, saw it when it was white. Well not really white, as Moscow was burned down before Napoleon entered it, so the Kremlin was covered with smoke stains.

Later, when Napoleon was driven out of the Russian capital, the Kremlin was restored to its white hue again.

Here we have a collection of historical photos, paintings and modern three dimensional reconstructions of how the Moscow Kremlin looked in its whitish color.

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9 Responses to “Moscow Kremlin Was Originally Painted White”

  1. George says:

    So why not restore it again? It’s beautiful in white

    • Papa Karlo says:

      There are two reasons:
      1st is ideological. In 1918 Lenin moved the capital and the whole communist government to Moscow Kremlin from St.Petersburg (then called Petrograd). Lenin’s junta was hated by everybody in Russia so much, that they needed to hide in something like a fortress, so Moscow’s Kremlin, easily secured, was the most suitable.
      That’s how the Kremlin turned into the seat of the Soviet government. It started to rename everything “Red”: cities, streets, factories, manufactured goods. The red became official colour of the Soviets.
      Meanwhile, communists did not care for keeping and maintaining anything in the country, everything was decaying and falling apart, roads, factories, buildings. Nobody repainted Kremlin either, so it’s become brick-red, and they just left it as it was, since Red Kremlin fit official colour nicely.

      2nd reason is practical. Since communists shot people by tens of thousands (literally), the blood was much less visible on the red walls.
      So the Kremlin which

  2. Darius says:

    I like how it looked in white. IMHO the color choice was better then.

    • Rjurik says:

      Why the Russians love so much red?
      The Indians of today’s island Rügen Germany are the Slavs who live there today still but were Germanized called themselves earlier translated before German Ranen says the Reds! Even the city of mountains is today used to be called RUGRAD! Whence also the first Slavic prince Rurik came! That’s why it was built in Soviet Union after all Slavic heritage so called who viewed The Red Army! Sebst the Sawstika heard the Slavs of Hitler simply aht everything stolen from Soviet Union! And wanted the Slavs exterminate all to 90% and the rest is to work for German gentlemen! de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranen

  3. Drakkus says:

    Well they’d need a colour that doesn’t symbolise imperialism OR communism, wouldn’t they. I wonder what colour the original stone was.

  4. Ruslan says:

    The phrase that citizens desire to save Kremlin during The Great Patriotic War was funny does not hold water. It offends my sense of memory of the war

    • Papa Karlo says:

      English-speaking people call it World War Two or the Second World War. Almost nobody knows what “the Great Patriotic War” is.

  5. Rjurik says:

    Why the Russians love so much red?
    The Indians of today’s island Rügen Germany are the Slavs who live there today still but were Germanized called themselves earlier translated before German Ranen says the Reds! Even the city of mountains is today used to be called RUGRAD! Whence also the first Slavic prince Rurik came! That’s why it was built in Soviet Union after all Slavic heritage so called who viewed The Red Army! Sebst the Sawstika heard the Slavs of Hitler simply aht everything stolen from Soviet Union! And wanted the Slavs exterminate all to 90% and the rest is to work for German gentlemen! de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranen

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