Content posted on Jun 29, 2017
10 Magnificent Places in Moscow
 




1. Moscow Kremlin
 
A potent symbol of two mighty imperial cultures - that of medieval Muscovy and that of the Soviet Union - the Kremlin is at once fascinating and foreboding, a mixture of lavish opulence and austere secrecy, and its eclectic mix of architecture reflects these paradoxes and seismic cultural shifts.

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.

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2. Red Square
 
Red Square is often considered the central square of Moscow since Moscow's major streets, which connect to Russia's major highways, originate from the square. The buildings surrounding the Square are all significant in some respect. Lenin's Mausoleum, for example, contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union. Nearby to the South is the elaborate brightly domed Saint Basil's Cathedral and the palaces and cathedrals of the Kremlin.

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3. Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
 
The Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and opera. The theatre's original name was the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, whiles the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre (demolished in 1886) was called the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre.

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4. Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. It is the tallest Orthodox Christian church in the world with an overall height of 103 metres (338 ft).

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5. Alexander Garden
 
Alexander Garden is located on the western side of the Kremlin wall. It is a great option for a relaxing evening stroll after a day's tour around the Red Square and Kremlin. Alexander Garden was named after Tsar Alexander I who hired his architect to build a garden around the Kremlin walls.
 
At the entrance of Alexander Garden, you will see the garden's cast iron gate and grille. They were designed to commemorate the Russian victories over Napoleon. After walking past the tomb and memorial, you will see a few blocks like monuments, which have names of different Hero cities carved on it. These blocks are to commemorate and appreciate the cities which played important roles in the history of World War II.

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6. Kuskovo
 
The Kuskovo estate is a unique cultural and architectural monument of the 18th century and one of Russia’s finest examples of summer residences. It was built on orders from Count Sheremetev and was intended to house luxurious parties.
 
Magnificent constructions such as the Palace, Grotto, Hermitage, Great stone conservatory, old church, and Italian and Dutch houses survived until today and dotted throughout an extensive landscaped park, which has gardens in the French style, ponds, lakes and sculptures made by Russian and Italian architects. It is so beautiful that it acquired the name of "Podmoskovny Versal." From 1919, it started functioning as a museum and now it is possible for anyone to visit and enjoy.

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7. St. Basil’s Cathedral
 
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.

The Cathedral was ordered by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces. It was completed in 1560. That's pretty much all the genuine history that's known about this celebrated landmark. There, however, scores of legends. Nothing is known about the builders, Barma and Postnik Yakovlev, except their names and the dubious legend that Ivan had them blinded so that they could not create anything to compare. Historians unanimously state that this is nothing but urban folklore.

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8. The Metro
The Moscow subway is called the most beautiful in the world – 44 of the nearly 200 stations are listed as cultural heritage sites and The Moscow Metropolitan is one of the busiest subways in the world. In 2014 it got 2.4 billion people to where they needed to go; there have been more than 145 billion rides on the capital’s metro over the last 80 years.

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9. Kolomenskoye

Kolomenskoye is a former Royal estate located in the southern part of Moscow. The estate borrowed its name from the ancient road leading to the town of Kolomna. Not far from the centre of Kolomenskoye estate, there is the most ancient settlement on the territory of Moscow. This site known as Dyakovo Gorodishche is considered to be about 2.5 thousand years old.

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10. The Moscow Zoo
 
The Moscow Zoo situated in the very center of the Russian capital is one of the largest in the world. The oldest zoo in Russia, established in 1864, passed a long way from a small zoological garden to the large scientific, educational and conservation institution.

The Moscow Zoological garden was founded by the All-Russia Emperor Society for Acclimatization of Plants and Animals. From the first days of its existence the Zoo became extremely popular with the citizens. It was financed by the entrance fees and supported by generous charitable gifts, including contributions by the Royal family.

Nowadays the unique collection of the Zoo numbers over 7,000 species. The animals are kept in the open-air cages and pavilions designed in accordance with the natural habitat. One of the most famous Zoo's constructions is the Animals Island built in the 1930s. It is a high stony rock surrounded by a deep-water ditch that separates the visitors

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