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Holy Cow, You’re In Moscow!

Photo credit: Gettyimages

Photo credit: Gettyimages

Sightseeing in Moscow will amaze you. Moscow is a mixture of historical and contemporary sights. From the Red Square and the Kremlin to tours in the outskirts of the city, there is something for everyone to see. Let yourself be captivated and dazzled.

The Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is both a cultural sight, the centre of the Russian state, and the residence of the President of Russia.

It is definitely one of the most ancient parts of the city and symbolizes Russia as a whole.

In 1990 the Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square were included into the list of UNESCO worldwide heritage.

Check out the Armory Chamber, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Cathedral of the Archangel, Cathedral of the Assumption, the Patriarch’s chambers, Church of the Deposition of the Robe, Ivan the Great Bell Ensemble, Sobornaya square, and “Archeology of the Moscow Kremlin” collection.

Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre is the most famous theatre in Moscow, and one of the most famous ones in the world. The theatre shows around 3-4 different operas and 2-3 of world famous Russian ballets each year and the focus is on classical masterpieces from composers such as Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky.

St. Basil’s (Pokrovsky) Cathedral

It was built under the rule of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible in 1554-1560 in honor of conquest of the Kazan Khanate. The legend says, when the Tsar saw the finished cathedral, he ordered the architects to be blinded so that they would not build such a beautiful building anywhere else. The Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece. It has nine altars spread out on one single foundation.

GUM Department Store

The GUM is one of the largest shopping centers in Europe, but it is also known for its architecture. It is situated on the Red Square and the first part of it was built in 1812, under Alexander I. The shop itself has a luxurious style, with many cafes and restaurants. GUM is famous also as a cultural centre. It hosts art and photo exhibitions, and it is one of the venues of the international art festival Chereshneviy les.

Historical Museum (SHM)

The historical museum has a vast collection that represents almost every step of Russian history. The museum is situated on the Red Square and it has multiple exhibitions, which display Russia from antiquity until the 21st century.