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Monument King-Gun

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See the historical heritage of Russian artillery and casting art

History of creation

The King-gun is a medieval cannonry (bombard), a piece of art of Russian artillery and casting, that was made of bronze in 1586 by Russian craftsman Andrei Chokhov at the gun court during the reign of Feodor I of Russia.

Where the name comes from

According to one of theories the “King-gun” name is connected with an image of Feodor I of Russia, but it is most possible that name came from the size of this cannon. Earlier, cannon was also called “Russian Shot-Gun” because it was supposed to use case shot. A cannon also was classified as basilisk.

The Champion Gun

The King-Gun was listed into the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest cannon of all times. The King-Gun is one of the biggest guns in history.

Has it ever made a shot?

In 1980, the Gun was renovated in Sepukhov and examined by experts of Artillery Academy by Dzerzhinsky. Structure of gun’s barrel is a classical bombard for shooting with pellets of 800 kg. It was also discovered that the king-Gun was used at least once.

The King- Gun copies

in Donetsk
This copy of the King-Gun is a present from Moscow to Ukrainian city of Donetsk where it was mounted before the city hall building in may 2001.

in Yoshkar-Ola
In 2007, a copy of the King-Gun was mouted in yoshkar-Ola atobolonskogo-Nogotkova Square. It was specially casted at Butyakovsky shipyard.

in Perm
There is a 20-inch giant in Perm: the world biggest cast iron cannon which is a battle unit at the same time. Perm King-Gun was made in 1868 on the order of Board of Admiralty at Motlovikhinsky cast iron cannon plant.

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