The Great Kremlin Palace serves as the ceremonial residence of the President. Here, ceremonies are held for the Presidentís assumption of office, for presenting state awards, credentials, and receptions.
The palace was built according to the order of Tsar Nicholas I by renowned St. Petersburg architect Konstantin Ton in 1838-1849. Such eminent Moscow architects as F. Rikhter, N. Chichagov and P. Gerasimov took part in the construction of the palace. Many renowned artists and sculptors such as F. Solntsev, I. Vitali, P. Klodt and O. Loganovsky were decorating the interiors.
The palace, as Nicholas I conceived it, is a monument to Russian history and the glory of the Russian army.
The Andrew (the throne) Hall. The hall is decorated by ten gilded pylons and gilded doors with crosses and chains of the Order of Andrew, which was founded by Tsar Peter the Great. The walls are upholstered in blue silk moire, that is the colour of the Andrew ribbon, and decorated with chains and symbols of the order. The coats of arms of the provinces and Oblasts of Russia hang above the windows. The hall is illuminated by ten bronze chandeliers and 35 lamp brackets. Two fireplaces of grey-purple jasper are the worthy adornment of the interior of the hall and of the entire palace.
Today this is the place to hold the most ceremonial events of state importance.
The Alexander Hall was created in honour of the order of St. Alexander Nevsky, founded in 1725 by Empress Catherine I. The walls are decorated with artificial pink marble. There are golden chairs upholstered in velvet, which is the colour of ribbons of the order, with stars of the order attached to the backs.
The Georgy Hall is the largest and most ceremonial hall of the Great Kremlin Palace. The hall is dedicated to one of the most honorary of the Tsarís awards Ė the military order of St. Georgy, founded in 1769 by Empress Catherine II. The enormous vaulted ceiling of the Georgy Hall rests on 18 massive pylons, decorated with figures by sculptor Ivan Vitali. The white walls and the arches of the hall are decorated with relief ornaments with symbols of the order engraved in them. The marble walls and plaques that cover the walls and pylons boasts the names of the regiments awarded with the order of St. Georgy are engraved in gold letters together with the names of the Georgy cavaliers.
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