World wonder of the Modern era in Civilization V
|500 (Vanilla)/625 (G&K)/1060 (BNW)|
+3 (Vanilla and G&K)/+1 (BNW)
|1 Great Scientist points|
- "The Law is a fortress on a hill that armies cannot take or floods wash away."
- –The Prophet Muhammed
- +12 Defense. (Vanilla)
- Defensive buildings in all cities are 25% more effective. (Vanilla and )
- +50% Production when building armored units. ()
- 1 Free Social Policy. ()
- Requires Order. ()
The Kremlin was built as it looks today around 1485, though the site itself existed as the settlement of Moscow. "Kremlin" is a Russian word which denotes a fortified complex of buildings in the center of a city. This compares to the English term Government center which is a group of buildings located in part of the downtown that have offices for the different levels of government whether local, state or federal. However, the term "Kremlin" is often used just to refer only to Moscow's government center complex.
The Kremlin is a remarkable set of buildings. The oldest of these buildings date back to the 15th century. From the 12th century to the 14th century the site existed as a walled village. The site was Named "Kremlin" in the 14th century. in 1263 a Russian state was founded, centered on the city of Moscow. although not yet independent because the Mongolian peoples (called the Tatars by Russians) still ruled them. It was not until the year 1462 that the Mongolians were finally over thrown which was 200 year later.
The Kremlin within is a triangular, walled area about 68 acres in extent. The walls are of red brick, with pencil-like towers at the corners and entrances. Many of the buildings are painted white with yellow trim and green roofs that look quite cheerful from a distance. The Cathedral of the Dormition, constructed in the 1470s, is the oldest building in the complex. Two other cathedrals lie within its walls, as do a surprising number of palaces, the Kremlin Palace being the largest.
The Kremlin has seen many great figures rise and fall within its walls. Ivan the Terrible built the Palace of Facets in the Kremlin. In the Great Patriotic War (WWII), Josef Stalin drove the German invaders from the gates of Moscow - perhaps the greatest service that any Russian ruler has ever performed for his country. It was here that Mikhail Gorbachev oversaw the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Today, the Kremlin holds the government of the Russian Federation.
To whatever use it might be put in the future, the Kremlin will always stand as a mighty monument to Russia's past - for it has seen the best and the worst of this great nation.
The image used to represent the Kremlin in-game is actually a depiction of St. Basil's Cathedral, a landmark adjacent to the actual Moscow Kremlin. It is located outside the wall of the Kremlin rather than in it. This is a common mistake, which was also made in Civilization IV. The large picture, however, properly depicts the actual Kremlin.