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Explore the constellation of impressive structures and legacy of secrets and brutality left by this legendary scourge of the 16th Century.

  • The story of his brutal rein can be read in the walls of Ivan the Terrible's Fortresses.
  • Unique access to some of the most fascinating archeological sites in Russia.
  • Ravishing computer reconstructions show ruins in their original glory.

LOST WORLDS journeys through time to relive some of the most crucial events in world history within the walls where they occurred. In each revealing episode, discover secrets of the past with a team of historical detectives using evidence from recent excavations, state-of-the-art scientific studies, and historical documents. History comes alive before your eyes.

Ivan the Terrible, Russia's first Tsar, led a brutal and unpredictable life. A renowned sadist, Ivan was the originator of Russia's secret police. He fortified walls to counter the advancing age of artillery, expanded the borders of his nation and built a new generation of Kremlins.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL® reconstructs the impressive infrastructure created by Ivan's paranoid despotism and traces how his legacy shaped centuries of history. New findings illuminate the scope of his ambitions and viewers can marvel at fully-realized depictions of the amazing edifices Ivan built on the backs of his subjects.

Return to a dark time in history with this fully-realized tour of IVAN THE TERRIBLE'S FORTRESSES.


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