The red-brick towers of the Kremlin occupy the founding site of Moscow; churches and monuments remember fallen heroes and victorious battles; and remains of the Soviet state are scattered all around the city. Even history is being examined in innovative ways, as new museums broach subjects long brushed under the carpet.
Moscow, the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Europe. Moscow is the northernmost megacity on Earth, the most populous city in Europe,
Moscow is a lovely place and a perfect tourist destination. If you are planning to visit this wonderful land then make sure you plan your holiday in Moscow taking some time in hand.
“Some parts have the appearance of a desert, other quarters of a populous town; some of a contemptible village, others of a great capital.”……William Coxe, Travels, 1792
There is much to explore in Moscow and you will really enjoy your trip with your family and friends. If you love to explore new places then you definitely cannot miss to visit Moscow.
Kremlin is a world-class place in Moscow. The Moscow Kremlin is situated in the very center of the capital of Russia. Its monumental walls and towers, golden-domed cathedrals and ancient palaces stand high on the Borovitskiy Hill above the Moskva River forming a magnificent architectural ensemble.
Today, the Kremlin remains as alluring and enigmatic as ever. Two thirds of the citadel territory are closed to visitors, but the remaining third contains enough treasures to occupy several days of sightseeing.
Not only one of the largest and most interesting museums in the world, but also the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation, the Kremlin is the perfect place to begin your tour of Moscow.
Red Square remains, as it has been for centuries, the heart and soul of Russia. Few places in the world bear the weight of history to the extent that Moscow’s central square does.
The name Red Square comes neither from the colour of the bricks around it (which, in fact, were whitewashed at certain times in history) nor from the link between the colour red and communism. Rather, the name came about because the Russian word “krasnaya” can mean either “red” or “beautiful”.
From the 16th Century St. Basil’s Cathedral – one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world – to the constructivist pyramid of Lenin’s Mausoleum, Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia’s turbulent and intriguing past.
Although it’s known to everyone as St. Basil’s, this legendary building is officially called “The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat”. The popular alternative refers to Basil the Blessed, a Muscovite ‘holy fool’ who was buried on the site (in the Trinity Cathedral that once stood here) a few years before the present building was erected……St. Basil’s Cathedral.
You cannot visit Moscow and not visit Lenin. Yes it’s a dead body but he looks like a wax statue. However, if you do wish to see the body, the process is far from simple.
First you have to leave bags and cameras – no filming inside – in the Kutayfa tower cloakrooms. Then you join the queue that runs along the Kremlin wall. Visitors are kept moving, so you only get to spend a few minutes inside the mausoleum before you’re hurried out by the guards.
If you are in Moscow for a vacation then make sure you visit Resurrection Gate or Iberian Gate. It is the only existing gate of the Kitai-gorod in Moscow. It connects the north-western end of Red Square with Manege Square and gives its name to nearby “Voskresenskaya” Square (Resurrection Square).
People who have some interest in theaters should definitely go and watch Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts.
It is one of the largest theaters in Russia. You can even go in for a show but make sure you book your ticket in advance. It is often seen that the tourists are charged a bit higher than a local person at the theater. Thus, it is always better to book your ticket online.
Moscow has some amazing market places where you can shop as per your needs and pocket. Tourists visit this place from all over the world and return with great memories.
Old Arbat is one of the best places for you to shop. Although, it is a busy place full of crowd yet you will enjoy your shopping out there. It is a fantastic place with the local charm. You will also find a very famous museum in Old Arbat.
Moscow is full of cultural locations. Novodevichy Convent is a wonderful cultural location surrounded by parks. The place is a must visit place which has cathedral and cemetery. Within the convent complex are several churches. The most important is the huge five-domed Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk (sobor Smolenskoy Bogomateri), dedicated in 1525 and built by Alexei Fryazin.
The Lobnoe mesto is another must see monument while visiting Moscow. This circular stone platform which stands before St. Basil’s was constructed in 1598, on the site where a wooden dais had previously stood. The platform and its predecessor were used for proclamations to the crowds gathered on Red Square and not, as is often claimed, for public executions.
It was also traditional for heirs to the throne to be presented to the people here on their fourteenth birthdays. On religious holidays, a lectern was placed on the Lobnoe Mesto, turning St. Basil’s into the altar of a vast open-air cathedral comprising the whole of Red Square.
If you are a first time visitor in Moscow then don’t rub your eyes seeing exactly the same buildings in the city. Moscow has many buildings that are built exactly the same. You will find yourself seeing double but actually it is not so.
Some of these are the Moscow State University, two blocks of flats and two administrative buildings. There are also a couple of hotels in Moscow that looks exactly similar to each other.
Moscow is one of the most populated cities in Europe. Although, it is not as big as London, Paris or Istanbul yet, it wins the prize of inhabiting much more than these cities.
Thus, Moscow is a perfect tourist destination for all the tourists who are planning to spend their vacation with their family or friends in a memorable way.
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Our recommended tour make it easy, take the Trans Mongolian Express package which covers three countries; China, Mongolia and Russia where you will be visiting Moscow, Red Square, Kremlin and Armoury guided tour. Optional – Moskva river boat trip, Lenin’s Mausoleum visit, Tretiakov Gallery, St Basil’s cathedral.
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