Vodovzvodnaya Tower

The Vodovzvodnaya Tower is a corner tower on the southwestern side of Kremlin, overlooking the Moskva River

Vodovzvodnaya Tower, view from Moscow River bridge
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It was built in 1488 by an Italian architect Antonio Gislardi (also known as Anton Fryazin).

Initially, the tower was called the Sviblova Tower after the Sviblov boyar family, who had lived in a house adjacent to the tower from the Kremlin's side.

Vodovzvodnaya Tower of Moscow Kremlin
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The tower was renamed to Vodovzvodnaya in 1633 after the installation of a water-supplying machine inside the tower («vodovzvodnaya» may be translated as «water-lifting»). I

n 1805, the Vodovzvodnaya Tower was dismantled due to its dilapidation and built once again.

Vodovzvodnaya Tower
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In 1812, the retreating French army blew it up.

The tower was restored in 1817—1819 by architect Osip Bove. Its height is 61.85 m.

Useful Information

Vodovzvodnaya Tower
former Sviblova Tower
Russian: Водовзводная башня or
Свиблова башня



Opening hours

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Moscow, Kremlin