A tower on the embankment between Vodovoznaya and Tainitskaya towers
The name of the tower comes from the name of icon “Blagoveschenie” (the Annunciation).
It was built during the reign of Ivan the Terrible in 1488 by a master from North Italia Antonio Gislardi (Anton Fryazin). In 1680 a stone rectangular tent with a decorative observation tower was constructed above the main quadrangular frame.
In 1731, a church of the Announcement (Blagoveshenie) was built near the tower on a design of Schädel: an observation tower was changed into a bell tower with seven bells, and a weathercock was substituted with a rood.
Until 1831 there were the gates in the tower that provided excess to the bank of the river Moscow for linen laundry. The rests of the gates can be seen from the inner side of the Kremlin wall.
In 1866, the tower was renovated and used as a side-chapel and its arrow loops were widened.
In 1933, during the renovation of the tower by architect Vinogadov, the church of the Announcement was pulled down, its arrow loops narrowed again and rood was substituted with a weathercock.
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