Terem Palace

Terem Palace or Teremnoy Palace is a historical building in Kremlin, which used to be the main residence of the Russian tsars in the 17th century

Terem Palace as seen from Mokhovaya str
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Its name is derived from the Greek word τερεμνον (i.e., «dwelling»). Currently, the structure is not accessible to the public, as it belongs to the official residence of the President of Russia.

Terem Palace in Moscow. View from the Saviour Cathedral. 1797. By Giacomo Quarenghi.
pinterest button Terem Palace in Moscow. View from the Saviour Cathedral. 1797. By Giacomo Quarenghi. Giacomo Quarenghi, Public Domain

On the 16th century Aloisio the New constructed the first royal palace on the spot. Only the ground floor survives from that structure, as the first Romanov tsar, Mikhail Feodorovich, had the palace completely rebuilt in 1635-36.

Facade of the Terem Palace
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The new structure was surrounded by numerous annexes and outbuildings, including the Boyar Platform, Golden Staircase, Golden Porch, and several turrets.

Teremnoy palace interior. Moscow Kremlin
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On Mikhail's behest, the adjoining Golden Tsaritsa's Chamber constructed back in the 1560s for Ivan IV's wife, was surmounted with 11 golden domes of the Upper Saviour Cathedral. The complex of the palace also incorporates several churches of earlier construction, including the Church of the Virgin's Nativity from the 1360s.

The palace consists of five stories. The third story was occupied by the tsaritsa and her children; the fourth one contained the private apartments of the tsar. The upper story is a tent-like structure where the Boyar Duma convened.

Teremnoy palace interior. Moscow Kremlin, Russia
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The exterior, exuberantly decorated with brick tracery and colored tiles, is brilliantly painted in red, yellow, and orange.

The interior used to be painted as well, but the original murals were destroyed by successive fires, particularly the great fire of 1812.

In 1837, the interiors were renovated in accordance with old drawings in the Russian Revival style.

Useful Information

Terem Palace or Teremnoy Palace
Russian: Теремно́й дворе́ц

Admission

free

Opening hours

  • 24/7, external examination

Contacts

Moscow, Kremlin, Cathedral Square