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.
What was even more funny was that during WW2 at some point in time, they decided to conceal the Kremlin from air strikes and paint some other buildings onto the faces of the Kremlin walls, so it looked like blocks of random houses and not like the Kremlin.
Here you can see Lenin mausoleum painted and concealed under a mock house.