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Russia’s political capital and financial as well as cultural center. The city includes many must see attractions from the Kremlin and Red Square to the Assumption Cathedral. Moscow is the largest city in Europe complete with everything one can expect.

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KGB History Sites
KGB history sites include: KGB headquarters building on Lubyanka Square; Solovetsky Stone brought from the Solovetsky Islands where a prison camp (part of the GULAG system) was located; Donskoy Monastery Cemetery where victims of repressions were buried; Sculpture Park where monuments to Soviet leaders including the head of KGB Felix Dzerzhinsky can be seen.
The history of Kolomenskoye stretches back for centuries. In 1380, Dmitri Donskoi's army passed through Kolomenskoye on their way to the Kulikovo battlefield, and it was here that Donskoi celebrated his victory over the horde when he returned from battle. Peter the Great was born in Kolomenskoye and he spent his childhood here. French composer Berlioz, who visited Russia in the 19th century put it well when he wrote, 'Nothing has struck me so much as the monument of Old Russian architecture in the village of Kolomenskoye… Everything flinched inside me. It was the mysterious silence. The harmony of the beauty of its completed forms… I sensed a striving upwards, and I stood stunned for a long time.'
The Kuskovo Estate, often called the Moscow Versailles due to its perfectly preserved French park, is an example of an 18th century luxurious Moscow summer residence. Its history dates back to 1715, when the village of Kuskovo was bestowed to Boris Sheremetev, an outstanding Russian general. The Sheremetyevs were one of the most powerful families in Russia and the estate was used by several generations of the family. The estate is made up of more than 20 unique architectural monuments and an extensive French park with ponds, lakes, pavilions and marble sculptures.The museum' collections of ceramics and glass is possesses of the largest in the world.
Major Moscow City Highlights
Major Moscow highlights include: Vorobyevi Hills with an incredible view of the city from an observation point; Moscow State University which is an example of architecture from the time of Stalin; Novodevichiy Convent, the Diplomatic Village, Victory Park, the Triumphal Arch, Kutuzovsky Prospect, the Arbat and much more.
Moscow Kremlin
The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city's former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury and the workplace of the Russian President. The Kremlin is the center of Russia's political life and State power and has been home to Tsars, General Secretaries of the Soviet Union and Russian Presidents. Red Square is beneath the Kremlin's walls. There are five ancient cathedrals on the Kremlin grounds, the most famous of which are the Annunciation Cathedral, the Archangel's Cathedral and the Assumption Cathedral.
Moscow Metro
The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union's achievements for both the Russians themselves and for visitors from abroad. The stations are all uniquely designed with decorative elements including mosaics, statues, marble floors, walls and staircases to name a few.
Novodevichy Convent
Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince Vasili Ioanovich, the original convent was enclosed by fortified walls and contained 12 towers. The structure served as a convent for ladies of noble birth and was host to many famous Russian personages throughout its history including Boris Gudonov and Peter the Great's elder sister Princess Sophia (who was banished there in 1679 by her brother).
Old Arbat
Old Arbat is one of Moscow's oldest streets. The street has gone from being the headquarters of Ivan the Terrible's secret police, the Oprichina to the center of aristocratic life in Moscow in the 18th century to finally being the center of the Russian intelligentsia and bohemian life in the capital. The street has severals statues, including Princess Turandot in front of the Vakhtangov Theatre. Old Arbat contains numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, souvenir shops and stalls.
Ostankino Estate is a unique example of Russian architecture of the 18th century. The estate belonged to the Sheremetevs, one of the wealthiest and most powerful noble families in Russia. Nikolay Petrovich Sheremetiev, one of the most educated aristocrats of the 18th century, created a magnificent palace with a library, an art gallery, an armory, scientific rooms and a theater. Nowadays, the theater inside the Ostankino palace is the only Russian and one of the few remaining European theater buildings surviving from the end of the 18th century with its well preserved stage, hall, foyers, make-up rooms and equipment of the upper engine-room.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin museum was founded by Professor Tsvetayev of Moscow University as a school for the teaching of art history. It is second only to the Hermitage in Russia, as far as the wealth of its exhibits is concerned - boasting a large selection of world masters among its collection. The picture gallery contains over 2000 canvases, enabling visitors to appreciate the variety of styles over the centuries. The real pride of the museum is its collection of French Impressionists, one of the best in the world. The museum periodically holds visiting exhibitions of art collections from abroad.
Red Square
The Red Square was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1434 as the Trade Square, then, after the devastating fire of 1493, it was renamed Fire Square. In the 16th century they called it Trinity Square, and in the 1660s it was finally given the name of Krasnaya, which at the time meant 'beautiful', 'best' or 'main'. Among the sights located in the square are: the statue of Minin and Pozharsky, the Mausoleum of Lenin, the Upper Trading Rows (including famous GUM), the clock at the Spasskaya Tower - showing the most correct Moscow time, the History Museum, the beautiful Church of St Basil the Blessed, Kazansky Cathedral and many other outstanding pieces of Russian architecture.
St. Basils Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral is located in Red Square and is one of Moscow's most recognizable and impressive landmarks. The building is shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky and was the city's tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.
Tretyakov Gallery
The world famous gallery contains works of Russian art beginning in the 10th century and continuing until today. The museum displays exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and 19th century including works by Rublyov, Karavak, Vishnyakov, Nikitin, Antropov, Levitsky, Kiprensky, Tropinin, Fedotov, Repin and many others.
The Tsaritsyno Palace was build for Catherine the Great by Russian architects Bazhenov and Kazakov in the Romantic Gothic style. The complex includes a landscape park from the end of the 18th century, and a unique system of ponds built between the 16th and 17th centuries. The estate is a unique example of an Imperial summer residence that was never completed and never lived in. The collection of the Tsaritsyno museum consists of approximately 30 000 various exhibits, including an impressive collection of antique tapestries, Russian and Central Asian folk art, contemporary glassware, ceramics, furniture, paintings and a rich archaeological collection.

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