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Arsenal, or Zeughaus (storeroom), is a building located in the northern part of the Moscow Kremlin between Nikolskaya and Troitskaya towers. This is the largest of Moscow’s buildings constructed in the times of Petrine (Peter the Great’s) rule. The construction of the Arsenal building marked the beginning of a large-scale construction on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin. 

This is a two-stored building, made of bricks and decorated with two rows of arched windows with deep slopes, located in pairs. The plan of the building resembles the shape of an elongated trapezoid and has a large courtyard. The walls are closely adjacent to the fortified Kremlin wall from the North-West and from the North-East. The entrances to the courtyard are located on the Southern and Eastern facades. They are marked with porticoes with features of Baroque and Classicist style. The height of the building is more than thirty meters. The erection of the building began in 1702 on the orders of Peter I at the place of the grain stores destroyed by the fire of 1701. The new building was supposed to be used as a storehouse for military trophies, a museum of ancient weapons and a military warehouse. Initially the works were conducted by architects M. Choglokov, H. Conrad and Ivanov. Since 1731 the construction was conducted by Field Marshal B. Kh. Minich and architect Schumacher. The roof of the building was covered with gilded tiles. Due to the war with Sweden and lack of funds the construction was slow and ended only in 1736.

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Arsenal, or Zeughaus (storeroom), is a building located in the northern part of the Moscow Kremlin between Nikolskaya and Troitskaya towers. This is the largest of Moscow’s buildings constructed in the times of Petrine (Peter the Great’s) rule. The construction of the Arsenal building marked the beginning of a large-scale construction on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin. 

This is a two-stored building, made of bricks and decorated with two rows of arched windows with deep slopes, located in pairs. The plan of the building resembles the shape of an elongated trapezoid and has a large courtyard. The walls are closely adjacent to the fortified Kremlin wall from the North-West and from the North-East. The entrances to the courtyard are located on the Southern and Eastern facades. They are marked with porticoes with features of Baroque and Classicist style. The height of the building is more than thirty meters. The erection of the building began in 1702 on the orders of Peter I at the place of the grain stores destroyed by the fire of 1701. The new building was supposed to be used as a storehouse for military trophies, a museum of ancient weapons and a military warehouse. Initially the works were conducted by architects M. Choglokov, H. Conrad and Ivanov. Since 1731 the construction was conducted by Field Marshal B. Kh. Minich and architect Schumacher. The roof of the building was covered with gilded tiles. Due to the war with Sweden and lack of funds the construction was slow and ended only in 1736.

During the fire of 1737 the building of Arsenal was seriously damaged. Restoration works began only in 1786 and continued until 1796. The process was supervised by architect M.Kazakov, while the engineering part of the works was directed by A. Gerard. At the time the main portico of the building acquired a pediment, designed in classical style. In 1812, when Napoleon's army retreated from Moscow, Arsenal was blown up. The completely destroyed part and the damaged parts of the building were rebuilt according to the project of the architects Mironovsky, Bakarev, Tamansky and Tyurin. Works were conducted from 1814 to 1828. A museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 was supposed to be arranged in the Arsenal building. For this purpose, trophy artillery guns were brought to the building. They were placed along the facades of the Arsenal. In total, 875 cannons retrieved from Napoleon's troops were deployed. From 1825 to 1829 the restoration work was conducted by architect Tyurin. 

After the demolition of the building of the old Armory in 1960 guns made by famous Russian masters were moved to the Arsenal: “Gamayun” by Martyn Osipov, “Wolf” by Yakov Dubin, “Troil” by Andrei Chokhov.

Currently the Arsenal building is used for administrative purposes. It houses the services of the commandant of the Moscow Kremlin and FSO (Federal Protective Service). Also there are barracks for the personnel of the famous Presidential Regiment.