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Annunciation Cathedral

Annunciation Cathedral

The Annunciation Cathedral was the family church of the Tsars. It was here that they married and had their new-born heirs to the throne baptized, and the cathedral's senior presbyter was the Tsar's family confessor. The church was built between 1484 and 1489 by the architects Kryvtsov and Myshkin. In the 1480s, during the reign of Ivan III, Pskov master craftsmen constructed a new three-domed brick church on the foundations of an older structure. The church was rebuilt in 1562-1564 after a fire, and another two domes and four corner side-chapels with cupolas were added. While during the reign of Ivan the Terrible a covered gallery was added on the left side. so that the Tsar could stand there during services. In the south side-chapel was to be found his prayer room. This was necessitated by the fact that contrary to church rules he married for the fourth time in 1572, and so he was prohibited from attending general services. From the porch of this cathedral in March 1584 Ivan caught sight of a cross-shaped comet and decided that it foretold of his impending death, and indeed he died a few days later.

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Date: 2008-10-28 07:47:04

We had the good fortune to be able to book Arthur for our wonderful 5 days in Moscow. Arthur is extremely professional, excellent English, and vast knowledge of the history and culture of Moscow and Russia. Not only is he a terrific driver and guide, he helped us find a place to stay after our choice of hotel let a lot to be desired. We noticed that some of the other tours near us were listening more to Arthur▓s presentation of the history then their own tour guide. The photos that he took during our tour were outstanding and he presented us with a disc of photos when we were leaving. We have very fond memories about our stay in Moscow all because Arthur took such good care of us and every detail of the tour.