Probably there is no such person who would not hear a song about white-stone Moscow with golden domes. And probably many have the question: what kind of white stone is it when the Kremlin is built of red brick. Few people know that once the Kremlin was really white-stone, and Moscow itself completely fit into the Kremlin.
It is hard to imagine, but it is. There was no photograph then and no video camera, but historical documents were preserved, which described in detail how the white stone Kremlin was built. Vasnetsov also used these documents. But here it is necessary to clarify - there are two Vasnetsovs artists.
The author of this painting is Appolinarius Vasnetsov. He, like his brother, was fond of painting, but almost all of his works were devoted to historical subjects. Like, for example, this canvas. Thanks to him, we now have an idea of what the Kremlin looked like under the Don. Here you can see the houses behind the Kremlin wall and the very golden domes of the temples. That's just the towers are slightly different, or rather, completely different. And the very Neglinka, which is now hidden in a pipe under the Alexander Gardens, flowed very close to the walls of the Kremlin, and the current Moscow River itself was connected to it nearby.
We see that even then both rivers were navigable, and a lot of people came to the then Moscow. And given that Dmitry Donskoy often fought, defending the Russian lands, the people never waned.
Perhaps that is why already behind the walls of the Kremlin, more precisely, in front of them - houses began to be built. Moreover, on the canvas the walls of the Kremlin are still being completed. This is also visible, especially the scaffolding at the very top of the tower.
According to history, the Kremlin was then badly damaged by the invasions of Russian enemies and was almost completely destroyed. But it was soon decided to build a new Kremlin, and this time in the red variant so familiar to us.
Composition According to the Picture of Gerasimov Wildflowers