Palace of the Facets, Russia

The Palace of the Facets is the oldest secular building as well as the smallest palace of all the palaces in the Moscow Kremlin, which has almost completely been preserved from its initial form, as opposed to the Great Kremlin Palace and the Terem Palace. This was the palace that contained the main banquet reception hall for the Muscovite Tsars and is also the place where Ivan the Terrible I V, Russia's first Tsar, ruled from. The palace is so named the Palace of the Facets due to the unusual and distinctive prismatic cuts that are on the limestone exterior, which originates from the Italian renaissance. In 1485 the larger royal palace was commissioned to be built by Ivan the III, but all that is left of the beautiful building is the Palace of Facets.


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