Taynitsky Garden

During a state visit to Russia in 2008 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi lived on a tent set up in the Taynitsky garden

Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin
pinterest button

Taynitsky Garden  is an urban park located within the walls of the Moscow Kremlin, in Russia.

Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin
pinterest button Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin Ingvar-fed/Игорь Феденко, CC BY-SA 3.0

The park is named after the Taynitskaya Tower in the Kremlin Wall, and is part of the portion of the Kremlin which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

During the time of the Russian Empire, the location of the Taynitsky Garden was occupied by a church to Saints Constantine and Helena, dating from the late 14th century. It also housed a granary associated with the Cathedral of the Annunciation.

 19th century depiction of the Garden.
pinterest button 19th century depiction of the Garden. Ovc, Public Domain

On a hill in the area, a monument to Tsar Alexander II was erected in 1898.

Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, the church was among the historic buildings within the Kremlin ordered to be destroyed by Bolshevicks as part of the state atheism campaign to raze religious structures throughout Russia.

Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin
pinterest button Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin Presidential Press and Information Office, CC BY-SA 3.0

The area became a public garden, with the upper portion, bordering Ivanovskaya Square called the Grand Kremlin Public Garden. The garden was the location of the first Subbotnik, or voluntary labor program, in which Lenin publicly participated.

Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin
pinterest button Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin   Ingvar-fed/Игорь Феденко, CC BY-SA 3.0

One highlight of this garden was an oak tree named Cosmos, planted by Yuri Gagarin on April 14, 1961, just two days after his return from his historic space flight. From 1967—1995, the area contained a garden with a seated monument to Lenin, opened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. The statue was removed in 1995 and is now at the Gorki Leninskiye museum.

Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin
pinterest button Taynitsky Garden in Moscow Kremlin Ingvar-fed/Игорь Феденко, CC BY-SA 3.0

Archaeological investigations at Taynitsky Garden in 2007 uncovered the foundations of ancient houses and artifacts from everyday medieval life.

During a state visit to Russia in 2008 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi lived on a tent set up in the Taynitsky garden.

In 2013, a helipad was constructed for the use of Vladimir Putin. This is to help minimize disruption and congestion on Moscow roads caused by motorcades.

Useful Information

Taynitsky Garden
Russian: Тайни́цкий сад

Admission

Ticket for visiting the architectural complex of the Cathedral Square:
Full ticket price: ₽ 350
Discount ticket price for schoolchildren and students: ₽ 100

Opening hours

  • Kremlin opening hours: 10:00–18:00
  • Ticket offices: 9:30–17:00
  • Closed: Thursday

Contacts

Moscow, Kremlin, Ivanovskaya Square (Ивановская площадь)

☎ +7 495 695-37-76 24-hour inquiry +7 495 697-03-49 - excursion +7 495 697-46-11 - office

How to get

The nearest Moscow Metro stations to the Kremlin are:

  • Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Sokolnicheskaya Line),
  • Arbatskaya (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line), 
  • Alexandrovsky Sad (Filyovskaya Line) and
  • Borovitskaya (Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line).