Gremyachaya Tower

Pskov, Russia

Gremyachaya or Gremjatšaja Tower was a defensive keep built by Vasili III of Russia in 1525. The six-storey tower is 20m high and 15m wide.



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Founded: 1525
Category: Castles and fortifications in Russia


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Алина Овчинникова (21 months ago)
We arrived to the tower by taxi, so I don’t know whether it is difficult to get there on our own or not. The tower is very steep, I liked it very much, you can walk, crawl, take beautiful and original photos. Besides, it stands on the bank of the river with a good view. Very nice place, definitely worth a visit.
Павел Пустота (2 years ago)
A harsh medieval watchtower, scarred by cannonballs, gunfire and musket bullets. It has not been restored, so it looks a little neglected and mysterious. Internal passages and premises are closed, but not too much, children may well crawl through and inspect. I recommend that you come to the tower wearing chain mail and misyurke, with a saber on your side and with a squeak in your hands, then there will be a full cognitive resonance. The tower offers a beautiful view of the river. Pskov and the park. Next to the Gremyachaya Tower is the same ancient (but active) temple, which also has not yet been touched by the hands of restorers, therefore you can see it almost in its original early Christian form. A benevolent priest serves in the Temple.
Вадим Егоров (2 years ago)
One of the most vivid impressions of the city, the only tower that has not been rebuilt many times, with the remains of 3 battle passages in the walls, old masonry everywhere, whole vaults on the lower tiers - this is worth seeing! Slightly unsafe for children if you decide to climb walls or passages. It is a pity that everything is abandoned - unique buildings self-destruct. Nearby is a church from the beginning of the millennium, below the bakery building and the ruins of chambers. Definitely worth a look.
мега батя (2 years ago)
A place covered with legends and traditions. Even the name of the tower itself is not its original, but borrowed from another, which has not survived to this day. Ancestors knew how to choose places. Amazingly beautiful and at the same time mysterious view. Nearby is the seemingly unprepossessing church of Kosma and Demyan - the patrons of the Pskov blacksmiths.
Максим Борисов (2 years ago)
The place is impressive, you can really believe in the imprisoned princess, and in the countless treasures in the deep basements of the tower. The old church of Cosmas and Damian enhances the feeling of picturesque antiquity. From the unpleasant - the abundance of household waste and the lack of elementary waste bins. This is especially true of the ruins in the Wolf Pits. Both the officer corps and the bakery are long overdue to restore, restore.
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