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Giant Cannon.jpg

Giant Cannon.jpg

Kremlin Armory, Moscow, Russia

This cannon is more work of art than war machine. It is said that it was never fired, but one report states that gunpowder was found inside the barrel during a restoration in 1980. It was commissioned in 1586 during the reign of the feeble-minded Fyodor, son of Ivan the Terrible.

The barrel is more than 16 feet long, and the bore is over 890mm, or 15 inches. The two-ton cannon balls piled nearby are purely decorative since they are too large to fit into the bore of this cannon. They were added in 1835 along with the ornate carriage.

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Bill Adams17-Feb-2009 07:45
Thanks, Joe, for the correction. I had the date transposed as 1856 until you noticed the error.
Joe 10-Feb-2009 05:36
I believe the correct date for this, if built during the reign of Fyodor Ivanovich should be 1586 rather than 1856.