Museum arms Russia with military tourism delight

1st Jul 2013

It was fitting that Lone Ranger star Johnny Depp brought a large locomotive to Moscow to promote his new film.

Moscow is the starting point for the classic Trans-Siberian line, which, at 9,289km, is the world's longest railway linking the city breaks' favourite with Vladivostok.

Depp and co-star Armie Hammer posed in front of the giant steam engine for a press call.

British actress Helena Bonham Carter also stars in The Lone Ranger, a movie packed with speeding trains, explosions and shoot-outs, in which two unlikely heroes must learn to work together to beat greed and corruption.

This made the Moscow publicity shoot doubly fitting - since it is home of the Kremlin Armoury - one of the city's oldest museums and a much understated treasure.

The museum is a "must-see" for military enthusiasts on specialist tours, dating back to 1511.

It was founded under Vasily III to manufacture and store weapons, imperial arms and regalia for the royal court, and later producing jewellery, icon frames and embroidery.

The museum is nowadays housed in the Great Kremlin Palace, after being relocated when fire destroyed the old armoury in 1737.

The museum includes gold and silver objects from the 12th to the 20th centuries, renowned Easter eggs made from precious metals and jewels by St Petersburg jeweller Fabergé, and, of course, masses of armour and weapons alongside coronation dresses and thrones.


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