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Sightseeing in Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia and home to the famous landmarks Red Square and the Kremlin. This city represents Russia at its best and the different era's that this country has been through can be experienced here. Its modern history started off with imperial times when the Tsars were ruling, then the switch to communism which completely reshaped the whole playing field and the arrival of modern times. The largest attraction of Moscow is the famous Red square which is surrounded by St. Basil's cathedral, GUM, the state history museum and the Kremlin.

The time of the Tsar ruling is well represented by the Kremlin which is surrounded by large brick walls with many towers and still is the seat of the government today. Inside it feels like a perfect fairy tale palace with every church and building being in a perfect state. Several religious buildings from that period still remain such as the Novospassky monastery and the well famous Saint Basil's cathedral on Red square. There are many others buildings still dotted around Moscow such as small churches and museums.

When communism arrived, a radical change in architecture took place which include the skyscrapers built by Stalin, known as the seven sisters. Two of these are hotel Ukraine and the Moscow state university which are the most impressive ones. The spires of these can be seen through most of the city and offer a good point of orientation if you can recognize each of them. One of the most memorable places is the mausoleum of Lenin. He has been carefully preserved and, although with limited visiting hours, he is still on display and can be visited. During these years the underground transportation was upgraded and Moscow now has a uniquely decorated metro system with many stations having the feel of a royal palace. The metro is largely in Russian, but with some practice it is easy to navigate. Modern times have removed many of the old statues that were so common in communism, but several of these have been saved and put in the fallen monument park. Although not hugely impressive a glimpse of the countries past are worth visiting it. There are more places to visit such as VDNKh and the monument to Peter the great which are all described in the pictures below.

Nowadays the city has turned to capitalism in which modern shopping centers and luxury stores can be found everywhere. This however, is not the most interesting side of this fascinating city as this is something similar to many other countries. 

There aren't that many places nearby Moscow that could be easily visited on the day trips but the ones which are worth a visit are Sergiev Possad, Dmitrov and Kolmna. Sergiev Possad is home to the St. Sergius monastery which is the holy center of Russia. This is the most visited of the three places mentioned. Both Dmitrov and Kolomna are smaller Russian town which have their unique collection of churches and other small buildings. For those who can only spent limited time in Russia, but still want to see more of it these are recommended.

Most people who visit Moscow will fly in as it is quite far away from other European cities. Unless you are already in Russia, then the (night) train is the way to go. These are comfortable and connect St. Petersburg by one overnight journey. Often I recommend walking as much as possible in cities to see the most of it, but this city is so large that this is impossible. Luckigly, there is a metro system which is very frequent and affordable and really allow you to explore the city. The best time to visit is between May and September as temperature levels are comfortable or above. The rest of the year it can get much colder and also it will experience some snow. 


Moscow travel photo gallery  

 
Stalin style apartment building on Kotyelnicheskaya embankment.

Stalin style apartment building on Kotyelnicheskaya embankment.

 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 
Leningradskaya hotel Moscow.

Leningradskaya hotel.

 


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Moscow state university.

Moscow state university.

 



Hotel Ukraina.

Hotel Ukraina.

 
Red gates square building, one of Stalin's seven sisters.

Red gates square building, one of Stalin's seven sisters.

 
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

 
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

 
Russian with typical architecture in Moscow.

Typical Russian architecture.

 
Novospassky monastery.

Novospassky monastery.

 
Church in the Novospassky monastery.

Church in the Novospassky monastery.

 
Church in the Novospassky monastery.

Domes of the church in the Novospassky monastery.

 



Small red Russian church.

Small red Russian church.

 
One of the many churches that are dotted around Moscow, Russia.

One of the many churches that are dotted around the city.

 
Decorated Moscow metro station.

Decorated metro station.

 



Underground palaces of Moscow.

Underground palace.

 



Moscow metro stations are heavily decorated.

Moscow metro stations are heavily decorated.

 
Statue of Lenin.

Statue of Lenin.

 
Statue of Stalin in the Fallen monument park.

Statue of Stalin in the Fallen monument park.

 



Communistic statue in the Fallen monument park in Moscow.

Communistic statue in the Fallen monument park.

 
Statue of Lenin in the Fallen monument park.

Statue of Lenin in the Fallen monument park.

 
Entrance gate to the all Russian exhibition centre VDNKh.

Entrance gate to the all Russian exhibition center VDNKh.

 
Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow.

Monument to the Conquerors of Space.

 
Statue of Lenin in front of the central pavilion.

Statue of Lenin in front of the central pavilion.

 



Central pavilion of VDNKh.

Central pavilion of VDNKh.

 
Pavilion of Armenia in VDNKh.

Pavilion of Armenia in VDNKh.

 



Pavilion of Atomic energy in the all Russian exhibition centre.

Pavilion of Atomic energy in the all Russian exhibition center.

 



Fountain of the Friendship of Nations.

Fountain of the Friendship of Nations.

 
Detail of the pavilion of Ukraine.

Detail of the pavilion of Ukraine.

 



Pavilion of Uzbekistan.

Pavilion of Uzbekistan.

 
Pavilion of Ukraine in VDNKh.

Pavilion of Ukraine in VDNKh.

 
Entrance to the Pavilion of Ukraine.

Entrance to the Pavilion of Ukraine.

 
Pavilion in the  the all Russian exhibition centre.

Pavilion in the the all Russian exhibition center.

 
Copy of the Vostok rocket which was flown by Yuri Gagarin.

Copy of the Vostok rocket which was flown by Yuri Gagarin.

 



Pretty view of the Alexander garden behind the Kremlin in Moscow.

Pretty view of the Alexander garden behind the Kremlin.

 



Fountain of the Alexander garden in front of the Moscow manege.

Fountain of the Alexander garden in front of the manege.

 



Alexander garden in Moscow.

Alexander garden.

 
Saint Basil's cathedral.

Saint Basil's cathedral.

 
Saint Basil's cathedral on the red square in Moscow.

Saint Basil's cathedral on the red square.


 
The red square during sunset.

The red square during sunset.

 
State history museum next to the Kremlin.

State history museum next to the Kremlin.

 
State history museum in Moscow.

State history museum.

 



Department store GUM on the red square.

Department store GUM on the red square.

 



Red square with GUM and the state history museum.

Red square with GUM and the state history museum.

 
Interior of department store GUM.

Interior of department store GUM.

 
Nikon building on the Moskva river.

Nikon building on the Moskva river.

 
Pashkov house.

Pashkov house.

 
Russian state library.

Russian state library.

 
Hammer and sickle stone carved into a building.

Hammer and sickle stone carved into a building.

 
Former KGB building in Moscow.

Former KGB building.

 
Historical building in Moscow.

Historical building.

 



Entrance to Gorky park.

Entrance to Gorky park.

 



Art on top of the entrance to Gorky park in Moscow, Russia.

Art on top of the entrance to Gorky park.

 
Monument to Peter the Great on the Moskva river.

Monument to Peter the Great on the Moskva river.

 
Pink building with an architecture style typical for Russia.

Pink building with an architecture style typical for Russia.

 
Moscow triumphal arch.

Moscow triumphal arch.

 
Museum of the great patriotic war in Moscow.

Museum of the great patriotic war.

 
St. George's church in victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow.

St. George's church in victory Park on Poklonnaya Hill.

 



Building in Moscow, Russia.

Building.

 
Monument to Yuri Gagarin.

Monument to Yuri Gagarin.

 



KGB building.

KGB building.

 
The water-supplying tower of the Kremlin with in the background on of Stalin's sever sisters.

The water-supplying tower of the Kremlin with in the background on of Stalin's sever sisters.

 



Red brick defense walls of the Kremlin.

Red brick defense walls of the Kremlin.

 



Kremlin on the Moskva river.

Kremlin on the Moskva river.

 
Trinity tower of Moscow's Kremlin.

Trinity tower.

 



View over the Kremlin in Moscow.

View over the Kremlin.

 
St. Nicholas tower of the Kremlin.

St. Nicholas tower of the Kremlin.

 



Senate of the Russian Kremlin.

Senate of the Russian Kremlin.

 



Tsar cannon.

Tsar cannon.

 
Cathedral of the assumption in the Kremlin.

Cathedral of the assumption in the Kremlin.

 



Annunciation cathedral in the Kremlin.

Annunciation cathedral in the Kremlin.

 



Archangel's cathedral in the Kremlin in Moscow.

Archangel's cathedral.

 



Cathedral of the assumption.

Cathedral of the assumption.

 
Trinity tower.

Trinity tower.

 



Kremlin arsenal.

Kremlin arsenal.

 



Tsar tower in the Kremlin.

Tsar tower.

 
Tsar bell in the Kremlin.

Tsar bell in the Kremlin.

 
Tsar bell in the Kremlin, Moscow.

Tsar bell.




Last update: 26/01/2014