The oldest non-religious structure is the Palace of Facets, built by Ivan III
in 1493, which holds all of the imperial thrones.
Indeed, historians have counted as many as 25 such cycles since the reign of Tsar Ivan III
By 1480, under the reign of Ivan III
, Russia could claim sovereignty.
These influences began gradually after the fall of Constantinople of the Eastern Roman Empire to the Turks in 1453, and intensified in the following centuries, spreading also to the north in Russia with Ivan III
, who drew closer to Rome and ushered in the Latin penetration during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and later with Peter the Great, who actually institutionalized Protestant influences throughout the eighteenth century.
He accompanied Sofia Paleologus, the daughter of the last Byzantine Emperor, to Russia where she wed the Tsar Ivan III