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14 things not to miss while in Moscow

Moscow, where there are more than enough things to keep you busy for a day, a week, a month, or even years, is the place to be for people who want to see Russia’s rich history and culture.

Although it’s tough to visit Moscow when you don’t know the language, having a guide or using Google translator will solve your problem.

These 14 sites are must-see destinations if you happen to find yourself in the city of Moscow.

1) SAINT BASIL CATHEDRAL

The Saint Basil Cathedral is one of the most iconic attractions in Moscow. The oldest stone cathedral in Russia, it was built on the location of a former wooden church where three times-blessed Trinity Cathedral stood.

2) KREMLIN

The Kremlin is one of the most recognizable historical and modern buildings in Moscow. It’s known to be the seat of all three branches of government – legislative, executive and judicial – and houses important cultural institutions such as the Presidential Palace, Government Chambers, Foreign Ministry, The Bolshoi Theatre and others.

3) BOLSHOI THEATRE

The Bolshoi Theatre is the most famous theatre of Russia and a major artistic, cultural and commercial centre. The first performance in the theatre was created in 1825.

4) GRAND BAZAAR

Established in the 15th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of Moscow’s oldest markets, and it’s still active. We know it as one of the greatest examples of Russian architecture and architectural design. Its interior features a beautiful tile-work ceiling depicting Izmailovsky Brothers’ images – Christ Pantocrator on the dome, Archangel Gabriel on the cupola and Michael Facing Satan under the canopy.

5) PUSHKIN FINE ARTS MUSEUM

The Pushkin Fine Arts Museum is home to one of the largest collections of Russian fine art worldwide. The Pushkin Museum of Style Art has a collection of early replicas of famous buildings from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, ancient Greek artifacts, ancient vases and coins, and Italian 18-19 century works.

6) CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

Commissioned by Tsar Alexander I and completed in 1883 , the Christ the Savior Cathedral is one of the most radioactive churches in Moscow and has many interesting historical stories. Stalin had a mausoleum built for himself at the cathedral. The cathedral enjoys protection as a cultural heritage site and is one of the most important monuments of Russian culture.

7) RED SQUARE

Red Square is a famous place in Moscow and you will be able to see all major world leaders during their visits to Russia. The largest square in Europe, it’s located on Boulevard Ring near Kremlin and occupies an area of about 800,000 square feet (73,000 square metres).

8) IZMAYLOVSKY PARK SCULPTURE GARDEN

The park is the first major public park in Moscow and it was in 1930, Izmaylovo was given an official status of the park. People also consider it to be one of the best places for a walk and to enjoy the beautiful views of Moscow from atop the sculptures.

9) LENIN’S MAUSOLEUM

Lenin’s Mausoleum is not only one of the most visited monuments in Moscow but it’s also famous for its white puffy shining walls that make an impressive sight after dark. Vladimir Lenin’s body is nearly 146 years old. Russian scientists have kept the Soviet leader’s body on display in a mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square, carefully preserved since his death in 1924.

10) TRETYAKOV GALLERY

The Tretyakov Gallery is the largest art museum in Moscow and the oldest gallery in Russia. Founded in 1856, the gallery holds over one million treasures including a collection of Russian icons.

11) STATE RUSSIAN MUSEUM

At the State Russian Museum, you can get to see a large collection of art that was produced in Russia or other countries that have been under the rule of Russia.

12) IZMAYLOVO ZOO

The zoo is famous as one of the most popular parks in Moscow. It is also a large park where lots of families come with their children to relax, picnic, and enjoy a nice day outdoors.

13) RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY

The Russian State Library is the largest library in Russia, one of the largest libraries in the world, and a home to a rare book collection. In addition, the library has over 275 km of shelves, including over 17 million books and serial volumes, 13 million journals350 thousand music scores and sound records150,000 maps and others.

14) Moscow Nightlife

Moscow, a huge city and there are several clubs, bars, and restaurants in the city for you to party at any time of the day, is also famous for the amazing nightlife.

Besides these spots mentioned above, you can also enjoy the view of places like Peter the Great Statue, Moscow State University, Gorky Park etc.. These are only a few of the many places you should go to during your stay so make sure that you research more about the city before visiting.

I’m sure you’ll feel great during your Moscow tour!

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