Prechistenskaya bell tower and Cathedral of the Assumption, Kremlin in Astrakhan.

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Top choice in Astrakhan

The kremlin on top of Zayachy Hill is a peaceful green haven. Its walls and gate towers were built in the 16th century using bricks from the ruins of the Golden Horde’s capital Saray, which stood north of Astrakhan. Today, the kremlin encompasses several museums and two churches. The main entrance to the kremlin is through the impressive Prechistinsky Gate, which passes under the bell tower of the Assumption Cathedral at the western end of ul Sovetskaya.

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1. Assumption Cathedral

0.05 MILES

Dating from 1698–1720, the Assumption Cathedral dominates the kremlin grounds and is decorated inside with attractive frescoes.

2. Artillery Yard

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The artillery yard and museum has an interesting collection of historic weapons and a mock izba (Russian cottage).

3. Trinity Cathedral


The smaller of two cathedrals within the kremlin compound. It was closed for long-term restoration at the time of research.

4. Torture Tower


Tells the story of physical torture from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

5. Guardhouse

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Located inside the guardhouse from 1807, this museum gives quite a good insight into the everyday life of soldiers in 19th-century Astrakhan.

6. Red Gates

0.29 MILES

Covers the history of Astrakhan as a southern outpost of the Russian Empire from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

7. Local Studies Museum

0.39 MILES

The Local Studies Museum functions as both a natural history and ethnographic museum, with permanent exhibitions dedicated to local wildlife and fish as…

8. Red Mosque

0.42 MILES

This striking 'red' mosque dates from the 19th century and is notable primarily for the vertical minaret above the main entrance. It's sometimes referred…